Police: Pastor assaulted teen during â??private sessions of prayer.â??
By Rob Starkey
Tue, 11 Mar 2014 16:51:59 GMT — SUMTER, SC (WACH) -- Sumter Police say a midlands pastor is facing new sexual assault charges. Investigators have charged 59 year-old Larry DuRant with two counts of 3rd degree criminal sexual conduct. A spokesperson for the Sumter Police Department says a 16 year-old victim who attends Durant's church said she was assaulted during "private sessions of prayer." The victim told law enforcement the assaults happened from November 2012 - April 2013. DuRant is the pastor of Word International Ministries and has facilities in Sumter and in Bishopville. Police say the Sumter pastor is already facing several charges for sexual assault. Sumter Police arrested DuRant in June for sexually assaulting three female members of his church. Sumter Deputy Chief of Police Alvin Holston said DuRant is charged with two counts of 2nd degree Criminal Sexual Conduct with a minor (between the age of 11-14 years old), and four counts of 3rd degree Criminal Sexual Conduct. 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. Investigators say DuRant is also facing charges of forgery. They say after the sexual assaults were reported to law enforcement, DuRant forged the name of one of the victimâ??s grandmother on a Quit Claim Deed and filed it with the Sumter County Register of Deeds. Police encourage any possible victims to come forward. Anyone with information pertaining to these alleged crimes is asked to contact the Sumter Police Department at (803) 436-2717 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIMESC. Callers can remain anonymous.
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