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Youth Minister Sentenced To Jail For Abusing Young Boys



A 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 afternoon.

"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.





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