February 24, 2014 ‐ By Jazmine Denise Rogers
After being convicted just one month ago of knowingly exposing female congregants to the HIV virus, former pastor of Full Gospel Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, Minister Craig Lamar Davis, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, reports My FOX Atlanta.
You may recall our previous reports on Davis, who was accused of carrying on extramarital affairs with two women. One of his accusers, who allegedly remained celibate for 15 years prior to sleeping with the minister, tested positive for the deadly virus, while his second accuser, Ronita McAfee, tested negative. Davis, however, denies ever sleeping with McAfee.
“My smiles are empty. My laughs are empty. My hellos are empty. My hugs, kisses and touches are empty,” McAfee said in the courtroom during Davis’ sentencing hearing.
Davis also took the stand during the hearing, where he begged for mercy.
“I take full responsibility for everything that has gone on,” said the former pastor. “My heart truly goes out to her [unnamed victim’s] daughters. Very bad decision and I opened the door for a lot of people to be hurt.”
“This has been an ongoing nightmare,” McAfee told Fox after sentencing. “I’ve woken up out of my sleep with anxiety, uncontrollable shakes, thinking that I was HIV positive.”
Davis, who learned of his positive HIV status in 2005, was charged with two counts of reckless HIV.