In the 1990s Jerry Wayne Love and his wife were named as adoptive parents of the year by the Madison County Department of Human of Resources.
Love, 51, is a minister but is not ordained by any church or religious group. He pleaded guilty in a plea deal Monday to three felony charges of first-degree sodomy in the repeated sexual abuse of three children he and his wife adopted. The boys are now are 13, 14 and 16. All three accused him.
Alabama Circuit Judge Karen Hall sentenced Jerry Wayne Love to 15 years on each charge to be served one after the other. If he had been convicted by a jury, Love could have been sentenced up to life in prison on nine of the felony charges. But she accepted prosecutors' recommendation and ordered Love to spend five years on probation and undergo treatment in a sex-offender program. In exchange, the prosecution dropped 10 counts of sodomy and three counts of sexual abuse against Love. The plea agreement spared the boys from having to testify.
The man ironically named "Love" must complete a sex-offender counseling program. He also must register as a sex offender under the community notification law.
No word of custody of the children.