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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Would-be ordained minister jailed on criminal charges

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  • An Ardmore man, with a long criminal history who recently claimed he had found a new profession as a ordained minister and wanted to conduct a prison ministry at the Carter County Detention Center, may have the opportunity to test his preaching skills from behind bars.
    Carter County Sheriff Milton Anthony said Robby Abernathy was arrested and charged after deputies got a lead Abernathy was involved in at least one theft while investigating another case.
    “Deputies got information there could be some stolen property where he was living on Scissortail Street,” Anthony said.
    Deputies did find stolen property at the 40-year-old’s address. In fact, Anthony said Abernathy was living in stolen property.
    “He was living in a camper that had been stolen in Denton, Texas,” the sheriff said. “The deputies also found a stock trailer that had been stolen in Pittsburg County.”
    Abernathy wasn’t at home when deputies discovered the stolen property, but he was located and taken into custody without incident. He was booked into the Carter County Detention Center pending charges. And while awaiting charges in Carter County, the list of his alleged theft exploits grew.
    “The OSBI came in and interviewed him about some cattle that had been stolen and possibly transported in the stolen stock trailer,” Anthony said.
    Monday a formal a charge was filed in the local case by the district attorney’s office. Abernathy, who is currently facing trial on a 2013 charge of knowingly withholding stolen property, made an initial appearance in district court to face a new charge of possession of stolen property. Bond was set at $60,000.
    Anthony said Abernathy, who has a substantial criminal record ranging from endeavoring to manufacture methamphetamine and drug possession to fraud and theft charges, recently tried to gain access to inmates by claiming he was an ordained minister who wanted to conduct a prison ministry.
    “At the time I told him I didn’t know whether he was ordained or not, but what I did know was he was a convicted felon and we didn’t allow convicted felons access to the jail unless they were in jail. Now he’s back in jail,” Anthony said.
    Abernathy currently remains jailed pending the posting of bond.
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