February 25, 2005

Two more claim sexual abuse

Montgomery Advertiser

By Marty Roney
Montgomery Advertiser

WETUMPKA - The Elmore County Sheriff's Office has identified two more victims in the sexual abuse case involving the former minister of a Wetumpka church.

Garett Albert Dykes, the former pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, was charged Jan. 10 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.

In addition to the sexual abuse counts, he faces three counts of production of obscene matter of someone under 17, and one count of sodomy, Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin said. Investigators say Dykes videotaped his crimes.

No new charges have been levied against Dykes. The information about the two new victims will be presented to the Elmore County Grand Jury, said Chief Deputy Ricky Lowery. The panel next meets in April.

"The parents of the additional victims came forward," Lowery said. "These victims tell stories that are very similar to the statements of the first victims. At this time we feel the abuse occurred at the Dykes' home. There is no evidence that shows any abuse occurred at the church or on church property. Dykes has given us a statement about his activities with the additional victims."

Posted by kshaw at February 25, 2005 06:40 PM