Pastor accused of molestation released on bond

A Centerville pastor accused of child molestation was released on $25,000 bond Friday.

The Houston County jail web site said that Wiley Leverett was released around 8 a.m.

His attorney,William Noland, said Leverett will not make any public statements, but will return to work at Solid Rock Community Church and his auto dealership.

"He'll be working and taking care of his family and his church," said Noland. "He denies all of the allegations against him, and he denies doing anything inappropriate with anyone. He's going to fight these charges in court."

Leverett pleaded not guilty Thursday during a hearing before Houston County Superior Court Judge Katharine Lumsden.

She set the bond, ordered him to wear an electronic bracelet and said he should not have any contact with children under 18.

13WMAZ's Judy Le reports that about 60 people who appeared to be friends and supporters of Leverett attended the hearing, but none would comment.

Some of them cried when they heard the charges against him. His lawyer, William Noland, held up a stack of letters saying that Leverett is an honest man.

A prosecutor said Leverett is accused of molesting four girls over the past two years - ages 8, 12, 14 and 15.

Prosecutor Mark Anthony said Leverett has a van to give children rides to church. He said Leverett is accused of reaching over and touching the children on their thighs and genitals.

The judge said Leverett is allowed to be at church and to preach as long as he is not in contact with children.

Earlier this week, family members declined comment.

According to the Houston County sheriff's website, Wiley Leverett was arrested Monday. He is charged with three counts of child molestation, four counts of sexual battery and one count of aggravated sexual battery.

Leverett's Facebook page describes him as the owner of Leverett's Auto Sales and the pastor of Solid Rock Community Church.

Capt. Randall Banks of the sheriff's office said Leverett is accused of molesting four girls whose ages ranged from 8 to 16.

He said the alleged molestation happened at various places around Houston County, and he could not say whether Leverett met the alleged victims through his church or business.


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