A former Clay County pastor and candidate for public office pleaded guilty Wednesday afternoon to the felony sexual battery of a minor.
William Randall, 77, was charged in 2018 with four felonies related to the sexual abuse of a child older than 12 but younger than 18. The charges related to more than one alleged victim.
Circuit Judge Don Lester will sentence Randall next month. He faces up to life in prison but sentencing guidelines recommend 108 months behind bars. Randall will also be required to register as a sex offender.
Randall, a past president of the NAACP and a former Pastor at St Simons Baptist Church in Orange Park, once unsuccessfully ran for former congresswoman Corrinne Brown’s legislative seat.
He declined to speak after court.