It’s true. You really can use the Bible to argue for anything:
DELAND, FL (AP)—A Deland man convicted of sexual battery on a teenager will spend 30 years behind bars. Authorities say 61-year-old Charles Balfe used the bible to make the 15-year-old victim believe his actions were OK.
The self-proclaimed evangelist also was sentenced yesterday to 30 years probation. Balfe says he’s innocent. The victim, now 21, says she still suffers nightmares from the incidents.
Balfe faces two more trials on charges of sexually abusing two boys in DeLand. A spokeswoman for the Volusia County Attorney’s Office says dates for those trials haven’t been set.
Spare the rod indeed.