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Eddie faces 2 counts of child porn, 31 counts of 2nd-degree sodomy and 3 counts of sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12. Eddie faces 2 counts of child porn, 31 counts of 2nd-degree sodomy and 3 counts of sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12.
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MUSCLE SHOALS, AL (WAFF) -

The attorney for a children's pastor accused of sexual abuse filed several motions at a hearing Thursday, including a motion to dismiss, which a judge struck down.

Jeffrey Eddie faces a list of charges including sodomy, child sexual abuse, and child porn. He was the administrator and children's pastor at Highland Park Baptist Church in Muscle Shoals.

The attorney then filed a motion to lower Eddie's bond, as well as a motion for the court to appoint an indigent attorney to represent Eddie further, stating his client has no money with which to keep his current representation. These motions are still pending.

According to court documents filed in this case, a church employee first witnessed Eddie involved in suspicious behavior Jan. 22. That person didn't notify church leaders until five days later on Jan. 27. The documents then say on Jan. 29, church leaders approached Eddie about the allegations and asked to review his church-issued electronics. On Feb. 1, church leaders reported finding pornographic material, which was when police were called.

District Attorney Bryce Graham said that at this time, they have no reason to believe the church violated any laws in reporting Eddie. 

Before working as a pastor, Eddie worked at the Tennessee Valley Juvenile Detention Facility. Officials said Eddie left the facility in 1999 to work full time at Highland Park Baptist Church.

The administrator says the facility has not had any reports of sexual assaults and it is equipped with cameras and recording equipment to ensure the safety of all residents and staff. They said they never had any allegations against Eddie.

The facility's administrators said, "The Tennessee Valley Juvenile Detention facility would like the victims, families and the members of Highland Park Baptist Church to know are hearts are with them."

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