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Georgia pastor charged with sexual abuse of 10 yr old girl

September 19, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Georgia pastor charged with sexual abuse of 10 yr old girl

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A pastor in Georgia has been charged with the sexual abuse of a 10-year-old who was staying at a homeless shelter that he managed, according to authorities.

Danny Wells, the founder of the 7 Bridges to Recovery ministry in Cobb County, was taken into custody on Thursday morning and was charged with aggravated child molestation and rape and is being held without bail,Cobb County Police said in a statement.

The girl told investigators in Dothan that she had been abused at The Garden, a recovery center in Smyrna, Georgia.

It is unclear how long the sexual abuse persisted.

According to the 7 Bridges to Recovery’s website, 105 women, and children and 25 men are housed at the establishment.

The site reads: “We go under the bridges of Atlanta and into an area called the Bluff (Atlanta’s largest crack cocaine and prostitution district) where we feed and meet physical needs with the goal of sharing Christ and eventually getting homeless off the streets.”

Danny Wells, founder of the 7 Bridges to Recovery ministry in Cobb County, Georgia has been arrested and charged with sexually abusing a 10 year old girl. (COBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE)

Danny Wells, founder of the 7 Bridges to Recovery ministry in Cobb County, Georgia has been arrested and charged with sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl. (COBB COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE)

Wells, who is also known by his nickname Pastor 7, was a homeless runaway since he was 10-years-old, the site revealed.

“He had built his life around crime, centered on drugs, firearms, money laundering and the mafia,” his biography explains. “While in solitary, God came to 7 and whispered in his ear that He would never leave him or forsake him. At that moment, 7 surrendered his life, but he didn’t know who this God was that he was surrendering to. He went on a quest to find the truth, studying all the religions he could.”

When Wells was discharged from prison in 2000, he asserts that “God told him to go into the streets and under the bridges and love those with this new love he had been given.”

The 990 tax form of the establishment revealed that 7 Bridges made more than $600,000 in grants and contributions in 2015.

In an announcement on their site, 7 Bridges insists the sexual abuse accusation was fabricated about an incident from three years ago.

“We firmly believe this is a false accusation and are praying that the truth will prevail,” the site notes. “We trust that God is sovereign and even though this has taken us by surprise, it did not catch God by surprise. He will be glorified and bring good from this entire situation.”

Detectives anticipate that more victims will come forward, the Cobb County Police said in an interview with the Daily News.

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