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Baptist Children’s counselor charged with sexual abuse

A counselor at Baptist Children’s Home in Decatur has been accused of making sexual advances toward one of his patients.


Jonathan Eric Minnon, 21, of 2308 Len Circle in Hartselle turned himself into police Wednesday and was charged with sexual abuse in the second degree, a Class A misdemeanor. He has been released on a $500 bond.

On Nov. 8, Decatur Police received a report of sexual abuse that occurred at the Baptist Children’s Home. The victim, an adult female, had been attending therapy sessions with her counselor, Minnon.

During one of the sessions, the victim alleged that Minnon made sexual advances toward her and touched her inappropriately. During the investigation, police obtained additional evidence that they believe corroborates the victim’s claim.

According to the Alabama State Code, sexual abuse in the second degree is committed if a person “subjects another person to sexual contact who is incapable of consent by reason of some factor other than being less than 16 years old.”

A Class A misdemeanor carries a prison sentence up to one year and a fine up to $6,000.