Former Pastor Jeff Eddie, Alleged Child Rapist, Is Afraid His Deeds will “Inflame the Public”

More children are alleging abuse by a former Alabama youth pastor accused of molestation:

Former Highland Park Baptist Church pastor, Jeff Eddie, is being held on $1,030,000 bond on 31 counts of sodomy, sexual abuse and possession of child pornography.

Jeff Eddie

Eddie’s attorney, Billy Underwood, tells the TimesDaily of Florence his client has waived a preliminary hearing because he “didn’t want to inflame the public with what would come out from the preliminary hearing.”

Alabama Bureau of Investigation Agent Brian Faulkner declined to elaborate on how many additional victims have come forward, but said the children were affiliated with the Muscle Shoals church, past churches Eddie was involved with, and retreats he went on.

Eddie’s case is expected to go to a grand jury next month.