Clermont County youth minister has been sentenced to jail for
sexually abusing teenage boys who were under his supervision during
the year 2000.
Anthony Waters, 35, of Williamsburg will spend six months in the
Clermont County jail and will spend three more years under
probation, supervised by Judge William Walker.
Waters must also register himself as a sexually-oriented offender
with the county sheriff for at least the next 10 years, attend a
sexual offender treatment program and stay away from the victims and
their families during his probation.
Waters apologized during his sentencing hearing Tuesday
"I would like to tell you that I'm very sorry and I plead for
your mercy that you will give me some help, please judge. Thank
you," Waters said.
Several of the victims' mothers came to court Tuesday and said
Waters asked the boys to do odd jobs as part of a church program,
then he took them to his home where they were sexually abused.
"I just hope that he understands what he has done to me, cause he
has really torn me apart and my family," one of the mothers said.
After the sentencing, the mothers warned other parents to be very
careful about who they trust with their children.
"Parents everywhere, be very aware and don't always trust just
because they claim to be in a position like a man of God [or] the
fact that he ran for state representative," a mother said.
"I'm glad that we've gotten this far and hopefully God will watch
out for the rest of the children out here in the world because, you
know, it tears your lives apart," said another mother.