$1 million judgment against former Ala. minister

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A jury in Birmingham has returned a $1 million judgment against a former youth minister who was accused of sexual misconduct with a 15-year-old girl in the congregation.

The former youth minister of Word of Life Christian Center, William David Webb, pleaded guilty in 2009 to transporting a minor girl across state lines for sex. His is serving a 5-year sentence.

The victim, who's now 24, sued him and got a jury to return a verdict Thursday of $500,000 in compensatory damages and $500,000 in punitive damages.

The woman's attorney, Johnny Brunson, told al.com (http://bit.ly/VJQq4W ) that the sexual abuse began when the victim was 15.

The 39-year-old former youth minister testified by deposition from prison and waived his right to be at the trial.

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