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.

“While 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 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.”

After being released from prison in 2000, he claims “God told him to go into the streets and under the bridges and love those with this new love he had been given.”

Detectives expect more victims to come forward.

Wells has been charged with rape and aggravated child molestation, and is being held without bond.


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