Minister a victim of false allegations

June 27, 2004

Dear Editor:

I am proud to say that Everett Priddy has been my pastor for 16 years - not just a minister but a loyal friend. He has been accused of indecent exposure. He has been portrayed as a surprising criminal.

But anyone who knows him can testify this is the furthest thing from the truth. He was in Lexington visiting a church member in the hospital. He was enroute on an errand when he had to use the rest room. He used the park rest room and was arrested, There may have been wrongdoing going on with others there, but the only thing this man did wrong was use the bathroom. It truly is a case of being at the wrong place at the wrong time.

"Brother E." loves people and truly cares for the wellbeing of everyone. He is a true man of God.

I know the news has to be reported. A question I have is this: How come the lawyer who used the bathroom and also was arrested had no other comments made of him? Why wasn't his place of business shown on TV and the Internet? Our church and location was.


The release of this story comes at the price of an innocent man. There are plenty of us who know him. But what about those who don't? They make up their mind based on what they hear. His true being and reputation will be tarnished. He has done so much for us, as well as other communities. The truth will prevail. He and his family are just devastated and so hurt.

This has been a learning experience for me. You can't believe everything you hear as the absolute truth. I know with all of the sexual misconduct going on in the world today, it is hard to believe what I say. But with God as my witness, false allegations do happen.

This has hit close to home the hard way. I wish this on no one. It's heartbreaking that someone we know and love is going through such an ordeal as this. My personal belief is this is an attack of Satan.

"Brother E." can't speak until after his hearing. He deserves for the truth to be told. We back him 100 percent. He truly deserves our support.

Lowavia Combs


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