January 12, 2005

More abuse victims possible

Montgomery Advertiser

By Marty Roney
Montgomery Advertiser

WETUMPKA -- Investigators with the Elmore County Sheriff's Office are checking to see if a Wetumpka minister arrested on sex abuse charges could have more victims.

Garett Albert Dykes, 38, of 909 Oak Crest Court, faces three counts of sexual abuse, three counts of production of obscene matter of someone under 17 and one count of sodomy, said Sheriff Bill Franklin. He is the minister of Calvary Baptist Church in downtown Wetumpka.

The victims are girls under age 10, the sheriff said.

Dykes was arrested Sunday night. He admitted to the sheriff his involvement in the crimes and that he videotaped the abuse. Tuesday, parents of a third young girl came forward to authorities.

"This young girl told a similar story that the two victims told us," Franklin said. "We are looking into what she has told us. We haven't filed any more charges against Mr. Dykes, but more may be coming. It's important to know that the abuse occurred at the Dykes' home. So far we have no evidence of activity outside the periphery of the home."

Posted by kshaw at January 12, 2005 06:05 AM