April 09, 2005

Grand jury indicts ex-minister

Montgomery Advertiser

By Marty Roney
Montgomery Advertiser

WETUMPKA -- A 16-count indictment delivered Friday against a former Wetumpka Baptist church minister detailed two more cases of alleged sex abuse, bringing the total number of victims to four.

Garett Albert Dykes, 38, of 909 Oak Crest Court in Wetumpka has remained in the Elmore County Jail under bonds totaling $1.5 million since his arrest Jan. 10.

"This is an especially disturbing case, because Dykes' victims were all young girls," said District Attorney Randall Houston. "He used his position of trust in the community to prey on these victims. There are certain people who you hold to a higher standard, and ministers are held to that higher standard."

The Elmore County grand jury wrapped up deliberations about noon Friday, and Sheriff Bill Franklin delivered the indictments shortly thereafter.

Posted by kshaw at April 9, 2005 08:34 AM