Mother Who Knew About Molestation Not Charged

(Memphis) Prosecutors will not charge the mother of a young girl allegedly molested by a Memphis preacher, even though the mother knew what had happened and did not report it.

Shelby County Dist. Atty. Amy Weirich said Wednesday, “There is a one-year statute of limitation on the charge of failure to report child sexual abuse and determining what the child told her mother, and when, was difficult to verify since there were no other witnesses.”

Michael Bryant, a Church of God in Christ pastor at Hour of Restoration in Hickory Hill, has been charged with sexual battery by an authority figure.

Police say the girl told them Bryant had been molesting her for two years.

The child had told her mother about the abuse a year before Bryant’s arrest, according to an affidavit, but the mother later said she decided to pray the abuse would stop.

Bryant will reportedly plead guilty to Sexual Battery by an Authority Figure in exchange for a six-year sentence.

In Tennessee, failure to report child abuse is a class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to 11 months and 29 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.

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