Bishop Eddie Long is backing down against one of his accusers.
This week the DeKalb County District Attorney in Georgia announced that he would drop charges against Anthony Boyd, Eddie Long’s former security guard at the church and one of the men who accused Long of sexual coercion.
Long accused Boyd of breaking in and stealing over $100,000 worth of property from his office in June 2010.
Boyd was originally scheduled to stand trial on burglary charges, but the prosecution team had to drop the charges after Long refused to testify.
"They say I was facing 20 years and I didn't know what to do," Boyd told a local station.
It wasn’t necessarily a coincidence that the bishop decided to be AWOL in court, however. In a letter to District Attorney Robert James in August, Long requested to have the charges dropped.
“While I understand that there may be evidence to support a prosecution, I believe in forgiveness and the opportunity for second chances,” he wrote.
Perhaps after settling a sexual assault case against him for a rumored $15 million, the Bishop is trying to send a message requesting a second chance in his life as well.
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