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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  • by BJ Location: Dothan on May 30, 2011 at 07:06 PM
    Are background checks done for volunteers of the Sheriff Dept.?
  • by Linda Location: wichita on Oct 13, 2010 at 06:05 PM
    You are right. Every one makes misstakes. I have been praying for him sence it happened. I been praying he will be able to continue serving God while serving his sentence. God forgives all sin. where he is could be where he is needed by God. I always enjoyed his sermons online and miss hearing them.
  • by anonymous Location: Dothan, AL on May 21, 2010 at 03:04 PM
    Curtis Grant is a good man. He made a mistake, which makes him human. He confessed. How many of us would have the fortitude to confess and receive a 30 year sentence like he did?
  • by Anonymous on Feb 6, 2010 at 07:58 AM
    My husband and I went to Bible College with this man. We were close to him and his wife and children. Would never seen this coming. It just validates to me even more that Satan is out to destroy. If we don't keep our relationships right with God, our spouses, children, etc. we are all capable of heinous acts. I feel HORRIBLE for the precious young girl who has forever been violated. Those that are close to her and her family needs to continue to protect, love and encourage them. This needs to be a wake up call....ACCOUNTABILITY is GOOD! Stop your secret lives, be transparent, be honest and be real. Sincerely in Christ, Trinity
  • by Donald Location: Dodge Citey KS on Jan 25, 2010 at 04:01 PM
    It is a sign of the end times. The Bible speaks of things like this happening. Its part of the falling away of the church. Come on Rapture!! Take us out of here.
  • by MMFB Location: NC on Nov 22, 2009 at 06:38 AM
    Re: Concerned It is not that it is more common, it happened REGULARLY in Dothan since I was a child or longer. It's that it is more heard about now. Dothanites (having been one once) have a tendency to see things through rose colored glasses. It is easier to pretend things like this do not occur. The saddest part is that the child, any child who goes through this, will have to deal with the ramifications for it years afterward. Everytime she is touched by another human being it will get to her. Everytime she sees a preacher she will wonder is he like this one. The worst part is she won't realize that it was wrong of HIM (and NOT her) without some serious counseling. I have heard Dothan natives blame the children in these cases, stating "that poor man, she probably brought it on herself." This is a wakeup call Dothan!! If you do not protect your children, woe unto you for the damage you have caused.
  • by Beth Location: Alabama on Nov 14, 2009 at 04:43 PM
    ALL Christians are still sinners and are under attack by Satan. While I do not condone his actions, I do know that this man was a man of God. He fell into sin. We can ALL fall into the same kind of sin if we are not careful. I know everybody is hurting from his sinful actions. Pray for the victim's family and the Grant family.
  • by Eternally secure Location: Alabama on Nov 13, 2009 at 09:38 PM
    What happened is terrible and will take years to heal the wounds but thank God that salvation is not based on our works(good or bad) but on what Christ did for us on the cross. By grace thru faith. But to use this incident as an excuse to not go to church is the most idiotic thing I've heard. "people like this" are at Wal Mart, Malls, Gas Stations, Football Stadiums and even in our schools so what is your reason for not staying away from those places if "people like this" keep you out of church?
  • by bcca Location: No where L.A> on Nov 13, 2009 at 09:26 PM
    whats said is that this guy was a preacher and sheriff's department chaplin. That is really good. He apparently admitted to it. Easy case to make if i may say so. I know someone here at a PD that has worked these for years. She tells me that the cases are sometimes hard to make,,especially if there is not evidence to link the suspect to the victim. She does not just go on he said she said,and has to have more facts, because there are times that she finds out something that is not true. She takes pride in wanting to make sure it is right and is criticized for it. The good thing is that she does not succomb to "non" law enforcement pressure just because they want someone in jail to make their stats look good. Just be glad that there is at least someone who is openminded enough to care enough to make sure the right person pays for something that has happened. To all the good officer's that care, DO NOT become "yes men" just to make a case that could put the wrong person in jail.
  • by Mike Location: Georgia on Nov 12, 2009 at 08:50 AM
    Indeed it is sad that this man has done this awful thing. The hurts are many: his family, the family of the girl, the church family that loved and trusted their preacher, and the Lord before whom he must one day give account. There is yet another group which has been hurt to which I belong. It is the vast number of Godly preachers who by God's grace have not done such things. Sadly the world seems to want to hold us all accountable for the deeds of a few. Preachers are flesh and blood like other men and by no means immune to sin. Pity the preacher who thinks that he cannot fall. But do not throw us all away. There are still some men out there with integrity and character who preach the truth and back it up with the way that they live both in public and in private.
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