Georgia Megachurch Pastor Creflo Dollar Arrested After Disturbance at Home
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- 2012 Jun 08
Megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar was arrested in suburban Atlanta for an alleged assault on his 15-year-old daughter, police said Friday. CNN reports that deputies in Georgia's Fayette County responded to a call about a domestic disturbance around 1 a.m. Friday. Dollar's daughter said she was arguing with her father about attending a party, and then said the argument got physical. She told deputies her father charged her, put his hands around her throat and began to choke her, according to a police report. She said he then slammed her to the ground, punched her and beat her with his shoe before she was able to get away and call 911. Deputies saw a scratch on the girl's neck and arrested Dollar on charges of simple battery, family violence and child cruelty. Another daughter, 19, corroborated her sister's account of what happened. Dollar, a controversial figure for his preaching of the prosperity gospel, is a senior pastor of the 30,000-member World Changers Church International in suburban Atlanta.