Georgia Megachurch Pastor Arrested

Creflo Dollar allegedly choked and punched 15-year-old daughter
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 8, 2012 4:05 PM CDT
The police mug shot of the pastor.   (Fayette County Sheriff's Office)

(Newser) – A pastor of a 30,000-member megachurch in Georgia was arrested for allegedly assaulting his 15-year-old daughter. Creflo Dollar was taken into custody after police responded to a domestic disturbance around 1am today at his Atlanta home. Dollar's daughter told the officers her father choked and punched her during an argument over whether she could go to a party, reports CNN.

Dollar is charged with simple battery, family violence, and child cruelty, and was released on $5,000 bail this morning. Dollar serves as a senior pastor at the World Changers Church International, a megachurch he founded in the 1980s which preaches that God will reward faithful believers with wealth and and a debt-free life. (Read more Creflo Dollar stories.)

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