Local Preacher Arrested on Sex Crimes with a Minor

By: Tim Elliott Email
By: Tim Elliott Email

A Dothan preacher and volunteer chaplain with the Houston County Sheriff's Office faces charges of having sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl.

The news comes as a shock to the sheriff.

Authorities say a late evening phone call and a confession led to the arrest of 53-year-old Curtis Grant.

“Curtis Grant is a pastor of Open Door Baptist Church here in Dothan and a volunteer chaplain for the Houston County Sheriff's and a former volunteer chaplain for the Dothan Police Dept.” said Houston County Sheriff Andy Hughes.

Friday, the Houston County Sheriff's office charged Pastor Curtis Grant with one count of second degree rape, five counts of sodomy and five counts of enticing a child for immoral purposes.

“Grant actually called me at home last night and confessed to me what he had done,” said Sheriff Hughes.

Shortly after that phone call, Sheriff Hughes had grant questioned and arrested.

“He did assist us in making death notifications he ministered to our staff here at the sheriff's office,”

Sheriff Andy Hughes says he was blindsided by the news.

“I was very angered very saddened by this news when you've got a person whose in a position of public trust in two different arenas actually in the clergy and as a volunteer with the sheriff's office here,”

Sheriff Hughes says the sexual contact between the 15-year-old victim and Pastor Grant was consensual but under Alabama law a minor must be 16 before having consensual sex with an adult.

“If she was 16 it still could have been a crime it would have been contributing to the delinquency of a minor and that would have been something the parents would have followed up on and been able to press charges,”

Sheriff Hughes says he doesn't care who you are, if you're breaking the law, your days are numbered.

“I don't care if you're an employee of the sheriff's office or what if you commit a crime we're going investigate it we're going to prosecute you and we're going to put you in jail,”

Grant is being held in the Houston County Jail on a $65,000 bond.

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