Sexual abuse trial against former pastor postponed to 2023

MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — The lawsuit against Danny Duane Pitts, a former pastor of a Decatur church, continued until next year, court records show.

Pitts was arrested a little over a year ago. Morgan County District Attorney Scott Anderson said the 59-year-old was charged and charged with one count of first-degree buggery and one count of second-degree buggery.

The former church leader pleaded not guilty in March ahead of a jury trial scheduled for November 28. Now, that trial won’t happen until at least February 27, 2023.

According to Lt. Alan McDearmond, Hartselle police executed a Morgan County grand jury warrant against Pitts, arresting him at his Hartselle home without incident.

He was incarcerated in the Morgan County Correctional Facility and later released on $500,000 bond. Pitts’ release conditions included that he must wear an ankle monitor, cannot leave the state, and must surrender his passport.

Prior to his arrest, News 19 reported that a pastor had been accused of acting inappropriately towards children at GracePoint Church in Decatur amid rumors circulating on social media. Several people claimed to have been treated and abused by a church pastor.

According to authorities in Grundy County, Tennessee, Pitts faces four other sex-related charges in that state, including statutory rape, two counts of sexual assault by an authority figure and statutory rape by a figure. of authority.

Pitts was released from Grundy County custody on $50,000 bond.

Court documents say a settlement hearing will be set for a later date.


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