A former youth minister has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges of Attempted Sodomy in the 2nd Degree.
74 year old Mack Allen Davis was sentenced by Judge Jeremy Taylor in Cherokee County Court on Friday – he was additionally sentenced to serve 12 months in jail for seven counts of Sexual Abuse in the in the 2nd Degree.
The sentences imposed will run concurrently with sentences recently imposed in Jefferson County for acts of sexual abuse committed there, Davis will not receive probation.
Davis entered guilty pleas to all charges in Cherokee County.
District Attorney Mike O’Dell credited the bravery of the victim in this case “The victim demonstrated remarkable courage after enduring years of pain from this abuse, I am hopeful that these convictions will enable the families affected to heal and find closure. This defendant committed acts of sexual abuse in three different Alabama counties. Investigator Josh Summerford investigated these cases which arose in our county, contacted the other jurisdictions, and provided coordination of resources to bring this offender to justice and I am grateful for his efforts in these cases.”
20 year old Aaron William McGarvey of Crossville was also sentenced by Judge Taylor on Friday to serve 10 years in prison for Attempted Sodomy in the 1st Degree for his crime against a 12 year old boy.
McGarvey will not receive probation. He was immediately taken into custody by Cherokee County Sheriff’s Deputies following his guilty plea.
District Attorney Mike O’Dell said “The victim’s family was in court to witness the culmination of their journey toward justice. Again, I am very grateful for the fortitude they have shown throughout this process. Investigator Bo Jolly and the Department of Forensics Sciences were instrumental in this investigation resulting in this plea and conviction.”
Chief Deputy District Attorney Bob Johnston, who prosecuted this case for the District Attorney’s Office, further credited the teamwork of the Cherokee County Multidisciplinary Team and their approach to the investigation of crimes against children.
That team is comprised of members from the District Attorney’s Office, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, the Department of Human Resources, the Centre Police Department and the Cherokee County Children’s Advocacy Center.
Johnston said “These professionals go above and beyond the call of duty to help the children out our community stay safe and to hold accountable those who seek to harm them. I am very proud of the work they do and the lives they lead.”