A Georgia pastor stands accused of sexual abuse of a 10-year-old girl who was staying at a homeless shelter that he was running.
Danny Wells, the founder of the 7 Bridges to Recovery ministry, was arrested Thursday morning after the victim told authorities in Dothan, Alabama that she’d been abused at The Garden, a recovery center in Smyrna, Georgia.
It’s not clear at the moment when the abuse is alleged to have occurred.
Mr. Wells was a homeless runaway himself since he was 10 years old.
According to his biography, he’d built his life around crime, centered on drugs, firearms, money laundering and the mafia.
â€œWhile in solitary,” it continues, “God came to [him] and whispered in his ear that He would never leave him or forsake him. At that moment, [he] surrendered his life, but he didnâ€™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.â€
After being released from prison in 2000, he claims â€œGod told him to go into the streets and under the bridges and love those with this new love he had been given.â€
Detectives expect more victims to come forward.
Wells has been charged with rape and aggravated child molestation, and is being held without bond.