A former pastor and part time driver for both Uber and Lyft was sentenced last week in a case involving five counts of sexual abuse of a juvenile.
Anthony Brooks, 49, of northern Kentucky used to be a pastor at Jesus House of Believers Worship Center located in Florence Kentucky. The website used to state, according to Cincinnati.com that he had begun ministering in 1998 and lived in both the Dallas, Texas and Jackson, Mississippi areas before relocating to Kentucky.
Brooks' attorney, Marcus Gayle explicitly stated that “The allegations that have been made are wholly false," after the initial indictment.
As a part of the plea deal, Brooks pleaded guilty in January 2019 to lesser charges of criminal abuse. He was sentenced to three years for each charge. His sentences are to run consecutively.
The victim, who according to investigators was abused between July 2016 and July 2019, spoke at the sentencing hearing before Brooks was taken away.
“Unfortunately it just isn’t in my heart to hate you. I wish you the best and I wish that you can overcome this. But make no mistake, if this action is repeated with my siblings, I will find you.”
In addition to six years in the Kentucky Department of Corrections, Brooks was ordered to return a vehicle to the victim and her family which she had allegedly helped Brooks purchase, as well as some personal belongings he still had in his possession.
His scheduled release is January 7, 2026.