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Former Columbus preacher pleads guilty to sex charges

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

A former Columbus preacher was sentenced to 15 years in prison after he admitted to molesting a minor. With credit for time served, Bradford Ford will serve eight years in prison.

Ford pleaded guilty to enticing a child, three counts of child molestation, and statutory rape in court. Those charges carried a maximum of 110 years in prison.

Ford must register as a sex offender as a part of his plea deal. He is also not allowed to have any affiliation with any religious group, and he cannot have contact with any children under the age of 18 directly or indirectly.

Ford was the pastor of Love for God Ministries.

He apologized to the victim's family. In an open letter to the courts, the victim's mother told Ford she forgives him and prays for him.

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