Everyday thousands of children are being sexually abused. You can stop the abuse of at least one child by simply praying. You can possibly stop the abuse of thousands of children by forwarding the link in First Time Visitor? by email, Twitter or Facebook to every Christian you know. Save a child or lots of children!!!! Do Something, please!

3:15 PM prayer in brief:
Pray for God to stop 1 child from being molested today.
Pray for God to stop 1 child molestation happening now.
Pray for God to rescue 1 child from sexual slavery.
Pray for God to save 1 girl from genital circumcision.
Pray for God to stop 1 girl from becoming a child-bride.
If you have the faith pray for 100 children rather than one.
Give Thanks. There is more to this prayer here

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Saturday, 11 April 2015

Florida Millionaire Curiously Found Guilty of Lesser Charges

The jury in the child-sex abuse trial of millionaire Loomes Wheeler Jr. found him guilty of lesser charges Friday night.

Wheeler had faced nine felony counts of rape and sexual abuse on two girls as young as 5 years old.

After deliberating for nine hours, the jury found Wheeler guilty on three counts of battery, two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation, and two counts of lewd and lascivious conduct.

Wheeler, who showed no emotion as the verdict was delivered, will be sentenced May 22.

Arrested two years ago, the Kissimmee businessman posted $115,000 bail and disappeared after cutting off his GPS monitor.

Sitting in the Osceola County courtroom on Friday, the 71-year-old, clean-shaven grandfather with white hair looked much different from the man with a black beard and dyed hair picked up in April 2014 while hiding in the Bahamas.

"This is a man desperate to get away from the truth," said prosecutor Gabrielle Sanders, holding up a photograph of how he looked when found. "He had no intention of getting caught."

The alleged abuse lasted for years and then remained a secret until 2013 when one of the girls accused Wheeler of molesting her more than 100 times, according to trial testimony this week.

Sigman, called the verdict "inconsistent."

"They either believe the girl or they don't believe the girl. There's either some evidence or there's no evidence. So I'm really not sure just exactly how they arrived at that conclusion," he said.

Sigman said it was too early to decide whether they will appeal the case.

Sanders said the state was satisfied with the jurors' decision, though she personally did not expect it. She declined to say why.

"It was a surprise to me," Sanders said. "But justice was served either way."

hcurtis@orlandosentinel.com; glotan@orlandosentinel.com