Midlands Pastor accused of sexual assault out of jail on bond
Tue, 25 Jun 2013 02:40:00 GMT —
SUMTER, SC (WACH) -- A Sumter minister is out of jail after his arrest on Friday. Police say he sexually assaulted three female members of his church.
Sumter Deputy Chief of Police Alvin Holston said Larry Durant, 58, of Four Bridges Road, is charged with two counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct with a minor, second degree (between the age of 11-14 years old), and four counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct, third degree.
Holston said Durant talked the girls into sex by using his position as a pastor and telling them the sex was part of a "healing process" and "private prayer."
Police say the victims told police the incidents took place at Word International Ministry facilities on Manning Avenue and North Guignard Drive. The victims also said some of the acts took place at the Durant's home.
Durant's bond was set at $120,000 surety. Sumter Police say there may be other victims who may have yet to come forward.
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