AT2W Replay: SC Preacher Larry Durant Charged with Sex Crimes, Calling it ‘Healing Process’ [UPDATE]
SC Preacher Larry Durant Charged with Sex Crimes with Minors, Calling it ‘Healing Process’
UPDATE on June 27, 2013: The scandalized preacher, according to reports allegedly promised underage girls that sexual acts performed on them by him would render them immune to homosexual thoughts, sexually transmitted diseases and premature pregnancy.
The grandmother of one of the victims is a former church employee and she stated she thought he was really trying to help the children. The grandmother also stated she is in a legal dispute with the pastor because once they came forward with the allegations against him, he quickly sought to reclaim the deed to a house he had given her in September of 2009. Pastor Durant stated the woman signed the deed back over to him but she argues the signature is false because she never signed it.
“He’ll do things for you. He’ll give you money; he’ll help you in anything. He lures you in like he really likes what he’s doing but there’s always something behind it,” she told reporters. “All I want is justice done, that’s all. Justice done,” says the woman.
Durant faces charges for forging a quit claim deed and filing it the Sumter County Register of Deeds.
UPDATE on June 26, 2013: Pastor Larry Durant may be out on bond but the Sumter Sheriff’s Office is actively investigating other possible victims of his alleged abusive behavior. News reporters visited the home of Durant and spoke to someone inside but they would not give any information or open the front door of the home. We will update you as the story and investigation unfolds.
UPDATE on June 24, 2013: The scandalized pastor was released from prison on a $120,000 bond until his court date. The surety bond total is for eight charges, which include those from the Sumter Police Department of two counts of second degree criminal sexual with a minor between the ages of 11 and 14 and four counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.
The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office has also charged DuRant with two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.
Original story below posted on June 22, 2013:
Here’s just another low down and dirty preacher who can’t discern whether he should follow Christ or violate his position as a man of God. Pastor Larry Durant of Word International Ministries COSC (Church of a Second Chance) in Sumter, SC was recently arrested and charged with sex crimes against minors of his church.
News reports stated according to a news release from the Sumter Police Department, 58-year-old Larry Durant has been charged with:
- two counts of second degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor
- third degree criminal sexual conduct
- and forgery
The local police say they investigated the allegations when victims and their families came forward and stated the minister was using his position as a leader in the church to sexually coerce young girls. He claimed all of this was part of some ‘healing process’ and ‘private prayer’. Just another manipulation coming from a no good minister.
The victims say these incidences happened at the Word International Ministry Church and at the home of the reverend.
Sumter Police also say Durant forged the name of the grandmother of one of his victims on a quit claim deed and filed it with the county.
Police believe there may be other victims out there.
Durant is currently being held at the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center pending a bond hearing.
On one website that give the whois information on the ministry and website provided that the official name of the ministry is Miracle Deliverance Temple [MDT] Church of a Second Chance [COSC] Apostle Larry DuRant and Pastor Melody DuRant, DuRant, Melody S. DuRant, Word International Ministries.