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COGIC official pleads guilty to child sex crimes

An update on the case of Pastor Milton Wells, first reported on this blog April 13.  A Michigan news outlet reported March 8th that the brother of General Board member Bishop Nathaniel Wells had been ordered by a Michigan judge to stand trial on multiple counts of criminal sexual assault of two young girls who were members of his local church.

Wells had served as a Southeast Regional Administrator for the Western Michigan COGIC Jurisdiction  and was a well known community activist.  News media reports say that after an investigation was launched in 2010, Wells “stepped down” as pastor of the Open Door Ministries COGIC in Kalamazoo.

But now, Wells has pleaded guilty. [source]

Milton Wells, 63, pleaded guilty Friday to one count each of second-degree criminal sexual conduct and third-degree criminal sexual conduct. He is free on a $10,000 personal-recognizance bond, and is scheduled to be back in Kalamazoo County Circuit Court June 29 for sentencing.

Two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and seven counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct against Wells are to be dismissed at sentencing, court documents show.

According to Michigan Penal code 750.520c. criminal sexual conduct in the 2nd Degree (there are four degrees) is a felony, which means Wells could spend up to fifteen years, but not more than in prison and with significant fines. In addition, “second degree” refers to the type of crime committed. It means that an individual had sexual CONTACT (penetration is 1st degree) with a minor, a person between the ages of 13 to 16.  Other “variables”  are also considered such as was the victim related to the accuser, did the accuser use a weapon, or force and coersion, etc.  He could also be forced to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.

This story will be updated again after Wells’ June 29th sentencing.

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