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Alabama Pastor Arrested on Sodomy Charges

The former pastor of an Alabama church has been arrested on charges of sodomy.

Danny Duane Pitts, age 58, of Hartselle, Alabama, was arrested Nov. 5 and charged with sodomy in the first and second degrees, according to a Facebook post made by the Hartselle Police Department. 

Pitts, who was formerly a pastor at GracePoint Church in Decatur, was indicted by the Morgan County Grand Jury, per Al.com. 

In August, News 19 reported that social media reports had been circulating alleging that a pastor at the church had “groomed and abused” individuals. One alleged victim, a former worship leader at the church, posted a video on TikTok detailing his abuse at the hands of the pastor, and said it brought responses from “dozens” of others who had similar experiences.

The pastor was not named because no criminal charges had been brought. 

The church did not respond at the time when News 19 reached out for a statement.

GracePoint Church does not have a Facebook page or website, but a listing on FaithStreet.com lists Pitts as its senior pastor. The site is filled with comments filed after Pitts’ arrest decrying the former pastor’s alleged behavior. 

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