COGIC pastor Michael Bryant, 48, who had been a fugitive from justice, was arrested Wednesday morning on charges of sexual battery by an authority figure, reports Fox News.
Bryant was arrested by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office on an outstanding warrant, said SCSO spokesman Chip Washington.
Bryant is accused of sexually abusing a 16-year-old family member over a two year period.
“I think the saving grace behind all of this is he is behind bars,” Washington said. “He’ll have to face whatever the justice department issues out to him in terms of this thing and we’ll just move forward from there.”
“You feel bad for the victim and the family, but at least there’s some peace and solace now hopefully that this type of abuse won’t continue any further,” Washington said.
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Bryant is the pastor of the Hour of Restoration COGIC, located in a strip mall that next to a day care center.