January 10, 2005

Wetumpka pastor jailed for sexual abuse

Montgomery Advertiser

WETUMPKA - Garett Albert Dykes, the pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Wetumpka, was charged Monday with three counts of sexual abuse involving two girls below the age of 10.

Dykes, 38, of 909 Oak Crest Court in Wetumpka, is in the Elmore County Jail under $1.5 million in bonds, and in addition to the sexual abuse counts, is facing three counts of production of obscene matter of someone under 17, and one count of sodomy, Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin confirmed Monday.

Investigators say Dykes videotaped his crimes.

"In my 25 years in law enforcement, I have never met someone who was so calm, cool and collected about a situation like this," Franklin said of Dykes. "Mr. Dykes admitted his involvement and was very forthcoming. What he told me and my chief deputy was almost a mirrored image of what the victims told us, down to the days, times and activities."

Posted by kshaw at January 10, 2005 06:01 PM