Former Morgan pastor accused of raping young girl

MOULTON, Ala. (AP) - Lawrence County sheriff's investigators have arrested a former Morgan County church pastor accused of raping an 11-year-old girl and having inappropriate sexual contact with at least two other people.

Investigators have charged 70-year-old Kenneth Dyar Wood of Danville with first-degree rape and sexual abuse of a child less than 12 years old.

Wood had been pastor of Barnett's Chapel Pentecostal Church but resigned on Sunday. He is only charged in connection with the 11-year-old.

Authorities said he allegedly had sex with the girl in December 2008 and they aren't sure whether he will face more charges.

Sheriff Gene Mitchell said authorities learned of the other victims during a two-month investigation.

Wood was arrested Thursday and taken to Lawrence County Jail where he was being held in lieu of $70,000 bond.

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Information from: The Decatur Daily, http://www.decaturdaily.com/decaturdaily/index.shtml

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