Bryant was arrested by the task force inside the Delta Express gas station at Hickory Hill and Knight Arnold, down the street from the church.
Those who were inside Restoration Church of God in Christ refused to come out and speak with FOX13 News, but neighbors who live nearby said they’re concerned something like this could happen so close.
“There’s plenty of children, especially the little ones,” said Kaddesha Clark, neighbor. “There’s a day care here and there’s a school.”
“If he’s the one that’s supposed to lead people I’d expect him to have more morals about himself, especially with him messing with young girls,” added Eric Blakley, who lives near the church. “With him being a pastor telling people gospel and everything and then totally renege on it messing with a young girl, it’s crazy.”
SCSO said Bryant admitted to the crime after he was arrested. According to the affidavit of complaint, the teenage girl’s mother was aware of the alleged abuse for about a year, but that she, the mother, and Bryant would pray to remove the thoughts from the pastor’s head.
Bryant is being held at the Shelby County jail on a $1 million bond.