Disgraced anti-gay mega-church "Bishop" Eddie Long recently avoided trial in four sexual misconduct cases filed against him. Long could be called to testify about a June 2010 break in to his office at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church if a burglary case goes to trial.
Anthony Boyd (above) formerly worked at the mega-church as a security guard. Boyd is accused of stealing $100,000 worth of jewelry and electronics. Boyd entered a not guilty plea to a burglary charge on Tuesday. One of his co-defendants was one of the young men who settled a sexual misconduct lawsuit against Long, reports FOX Atlanta and WSB.
Boyd's attorney, David Fife, said the now-fired security guard had nothing to do with the break in. "He wants to fight these charges. He wants to fight these accusations because he's forever going to have to explain them every time someone does a Google search on Anthony Boyd."
Boyd said [Maurice] Robinson and another former church member broke in to get evidence against Long for a sexual misconduct lawsuit they were planning to file. "So that’s when they burglarized the church, stole the iPad, iPhone and the jewelry," Boyd told Channel 2 Action News in a recent interview.
Robinson was offered a pretrial diversion program where the charges would be dropped if he successfully completed it. Boyd was offered the same program but said he declined the offer because he did nothing wrong. ... Fife said he expects this case to go to trial. If it does, he said, there's a good chance Long will be called to the stand. "He's certainly a witness that would have to be called by somebody. The state or the defense," Fife said.
Two young men wearing masks were caught on the church's video surveillance. Soon after, police arrested Maurice Robinson and Anthony Boyd on burglary charges. "Long asked then-District Attorney Gwen Keyes Fleming not to prosecute the case," WSB reported two weeks ago. "[Lawsuit plaintiff Anthony] Flagg was never charged because prosecutors said they lacked evidence against him."
The four young men—Maurice Robinson, Jamal Parris, Anthony Flagg and Spencer LeGrande—filed sexual coercion lawsuits against Long and New Birth last fall. Long is accused of using church funds to give the four men cash, gifts and cars. The sexual relationships reportedly began when each of the plaintiffs were around 16 years old. Read the complaints HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.
A judge dismissed the lawsuits on May 27, one day after both sides announced they agreed to a settlement. The parties agreed not to disclose the dollar amount or any details.