Charges Dropped in Bishop Eddie Long Church Break-In Case

| September 19, 2011

ATLANTA – A former New Birth Missionary Church security guard has been exonerated of all charges after being accused of burglarizing Bishop Eddie Long's office.

Anthony Boyd, 21, became a central player in a sexual misconduct lawsuit filed by four young men against Long.

Boyd had maintained he was innocent. Boyd says he had nothing to do with stealing jewelry, an iPad and iPod from the Bishop's church office back in June of last year.

After much consideration, DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James dropped the charge Monday.

James makes it clear, Bishop Eddie Long's August 26th letter — along with Boyd's status as a defendant — had a lot to do with his decision.

"If he had not asked me, I would not have made the decision. In cases like this, we respect the victim's wishes," James said. "We look at the age of the defendant, a young man. We look at the fact that the defendant had… no criminal history at all. We looked at the fact that we are talking about a property crime, not a violent crime."

Boyd's attorney had made it clear that he was going to call Bishop Long to the stand. Those familiar with the case say Long didn't want to testify.

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