SUMTER, S.C. (AP/WVOC) - A Sumter pastor has been charged with sexually assaulting three female members of his church.
Police say that 58-year-old Larry Durant was arrested and charged with two counts of 2nd-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor. He also faces four counts of 3rd-degree criminal sexual conduct.
Investigators say family members told them Durant coerced the victims into having sex with him starting in 2011.
Police say the Word International Ministry pastor told the victims the activity was part of the "healing process" and "private prayer."
Durant is also charged with forgery after allegedly forging the name of one of the victim's grandmothers on property documents, which he then filed with Sumter County.