Larry Durant, 58, is charged with the sexual assault of three female church members. The minister at Word International Ministries in South Carolina has a criminal record, and many now wonder how Durant was allowed to hold a position of power.
Durant allegedly used his position to get close to his victims, two of whom are between the ages of 11 and 14. He told the victims that the sexual acts were part of the “healing process” and “private prayer,” detectives told WLTX News. Court documents added that Durant said he was preventing them from “contracting sexual diseases or becoming pregnant early.”
The pastor’s rap sheet lists convictions for selling pot, selling alcohol to a minor, burglary, and grand larceny.
In a completely unrelated story, in South Carolina, churches are not required to perform background checks on candidates for clergy positions.
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