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Saturday, September 10, 2005                                                                                       View Comments

Associate pastor faces sex charge

WETUMPKA -- The Elmore County Sheriff's Office arrested an associate pastor Friday afternoon on a charge of sexual abuse.

Lonnie Earl Floyd, 50, of 210 Mount Zion Road in Wetumpka remained in the Elmore County Jail on Friday under a bond of $10,000, investigator Jeremy Amerson said. Floyd serves as associate pastor for Wetumpka Church of God, police reports stated.

Neither Floyd nor members of the church could not be reached for comment.

The alleged victim is a juvenile female, authorities said.

"DHR (Department of Human Resources) received an anonymous call, and they contacted us," Amerson said. "We talked with the victim and made the arrest in the midafternoon. The investigation continues, and more charges may be filed if other victims come forward."

This marks the second time in less than a year a minister from Elmore County has faced allegations of sexual abuse. In December 2004, Garett Dykes, minister of Calvary Baptist Church in Wetumpka, was charged with several counts of sexual abuse, police reports stated. The church removed him from his position shortly after his arrest. Dykes has admitted his involvement in the abuse, Sheriff Bill Franklin said.

"Another preacher. I just can't explain it," said District Attorney Randall Houston. "I can't stand it when a person uses their position to prey on children. We'll work hard to convict this man and make sure he goes to prison for a long time."