RIDGELAND, MS (WLBT) - Bond was lowered Tuesday for a self-proclaimed minister accused of sex crimes against a minor.
Thirty-nine-year-old Theodore Satcher appeared in Ridgeland Municipal Court to face two counts of gratification of lust involving a then 12-year-old girl.
Bond decreased from $250,000 to $100,000.
Ridgeland police said the Madison County man befriended a mother and daughter who attended church services at a Ridgeland home and had an inappropriate relationship with the girl for a period of years.
The girl is now 17 years old.
The mother, who had often left her daughter in Satcher's care, filed the charges in March.
"She felt like that was a safe haven where she could take her daughter. It was during this time that Mr. Satcher took advantage of the daughter. That's where the gratification first began, just the touching and the fondling of this young child. She felt life he was a man of God because of the stuff that he was relaying to her and felt like she could truck him and maybe what he was doing was right," said Ridgeland Police Lt. John Neal.
Satcher's attorney Tommy Savant said his client absolutely denies the allegations.
The case is now bound over to the Madison County Grand Jury.
According to Rankin County Sheriff Ronnie Penningon, Satcher also faces charges in Rankin County on sexual battery and statutory rape charges against minors.
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