January 21, 2005

Pastor's associates saw no warning signs

Montgomery Advertiser

By Marty Roney
Montgomery Advertiser

JASPER -- Friends and associates of a Wetumpka minister facing charges of sexually abusing two young girls say they saw nothing in his behavior when he was ministering in Walker County that gave them cause for concern.

Garret Albert Dykes, 38, 909 Oak Crest Court, is the former pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Wetumpka. He was charged Jan. 10 with three counts of sexual abuse involving two girls younger than 10.

Before coming to Wetumpka, Dykes was minister at Pisgah Baptist Church in Sipsey, a small community in rural Walker County, about 15 miles northwest of Jasper.

"After the story broke in the papers, we received plenty of media calls, but nothing from the community," said Danny Patton, assistant chief of the Jasper Police Department. "We never had any contact with him while he was here. No one has contacted us about any of his activities while he was here. No one has come forward as a victim or potential victim."

Posted by kshaw at January 21, 2005 04:17 AM