An Alabama pastor who raped, impregnated, and married a teenage girl will not face jail time, after cutting a plea deal with prosecutors, The Birmingham News reported Friday.
“Jason Greathouse, who used to minister in Enterprise but now lives in Tennessee, reached a deal with the Coffee County District Attorney’s Office on Thursday that downgrades his charge from second-degree rape, a felony, to contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a misdemeanor, according to court records,” reported Howard Koplowitz.
The report added that Greathouse, 24 “agreed to serve two years of unsupervised probation for the incident, which occurred when the victim was 14, records showed. The pastor also does not have to register as a sex offender under the agreement’s terms.”
Greathouse had married his victim at her parents’ demand, the report said.
According to Coffee County District Attorney Tom Anderson, the deal was so generous because “there were extenuating circumstances that would have been allowed to be presented by the defense that very likely could have resulted in a mistrial or even a not guilty by jury nullification.”
This comes after earlier this year, another Alabama pastor, Mack Charles Andrews, who was convicted of torturing and raping children, was released after serving just one third of his 15-year prison sentence.