Preacher Arrested for Sexual Abuse

By: Rayne McKenzie Email
By: Rayne McKenzie Email

Dothan Police have arrested a Dothan preacher on sexual abuse charges.

An investigation has been underway for several weeks and now, police have enough information to make a case.

Fifty-three-year-old Earl Holland has been accused of sexual abuse.

Holland is charged with four counts of first degree sexual abuse.

Police say he was taken into custody for abusing two eight-year-old girls who attend his church.

Police have not released the name of the church, but say it is a Baptist church in the city of Dothan.

Three of the charges against Holland occurred in Houston County and one occurred in Dale County.

The Dothan Police Department has been working closely with the Child Advocacy Center and Houston County Sheriff's Department during their investigation.

“We have got to insure safety of children. It’s important to locate predators and take [them] into custody so they don't prey on our children,” said Lt. David Jay of Dothan Police Dept.

Dothan Police say they are conducting a thorough investigation to see if any other children may have been victimized by Holland.

Holland is being held in the Houston County Jail without bond.


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  • by Linda Location: Barbour on Apr 7, 2007 at 07:38 AM
    A PREACHER ARRESTED FOR SEXUAL ABUSE is common these day. SO Lawenforcement get ready, REVERLATIONS IS IN FULL EFFECT...
  • by Scotty on Apr 5, 2007 at 09:02 PM
    I don't think this man would have gotten charged with sexual abuse for accidently bumping into a child! With Dothan PD, Houston County Sheriff's Department and the Child Advocacy Center working together-the truth will be told.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 5, 2007 at 02:32 PM
    I dont think that you should say anything when the case is still under investigation. How dare you be so rude. He might have accidently bumped into her not meaning too. You dont even know him, he is not one to do something like that.
  • by Anonymous Location: daleville on Apr 4, 2007 at 10:37 AM
    I THINK ANYONE WHO CAN HURT A CHILD ESPECIALLY A PREACHER SHOULD BE LOCKED UP LIKE AN ANIMAL HOW DARE YOU AS GODS MESSANGER BETRAY AN INNOCENT CHILD YOU SHOULD BE HUNG BUT GOD WILL GET YOU ON JUDGEMENT DAY
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