Former youth pastor pleads not guilty to attempted child molestation charges

Homer Singleton (Columbus Police Department)

UPDATES:

6/30/2017, 5:00 P.M. — A former youth pastor for the Edgewood Assembly of God church has plead not guilty to charges accusing him of attempted child molestation.

45-year-old Homer “Jay” Singleton appeared before a judge Friday and plead not guilty to an updated list of charges: criminal attempted child molestation, criminal attempted sodomy and driving with a suspended license.

Singleton did plead guilty to contempt of court.

According to investigators, Singleton was planning to meet a 14-year-old girl, but no minor was actually involved.

An undercover sting executed by investigators showed Singleton shared more than 400 e-mails with investigator.

The investigator who shared the emails with Singleton said the former youth pastor sent several photographs of his genitalia and planned on performing inappropriate acts with the minor.

A Muscogee County Judge issued Singleton bond amounts exceeding a total $50,000:

  • Criminal attempted child molestation: $25,000
  • Criminal attempted sodomy: $25,000
  • Driving with a suspended license: $1,000
  • Contempt of court: ~$1,000

(ORIGINAL STORY)

COLUMBUS, Ga. — The Columbus Police Department confirms a man is behind bars facing attempted child molestation charges.

A police report says 45-year-old Homer “Jay” Singleton was arrested Wednesday around 12:30 p.m. at the intersection of Broadway and 8th Street.

He faces charges for attempted aggravated child molestation, attempted sodomy, contempt of court and driving with a suspended license, according to the officer’s report.

Homer Singleton will appear in court Friday at 9 a.m.

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