The pastor of a Centerville church is in the Houston County jail, facing several child-molestation charges.
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.
He said they were still interviewing witnesses in the case Tuesday.
Leverett appeared before a magistrate judge Tuesday morning.
Judge Robert Turner said he was informed of the charges against him. Leverett declined a public defender, saying he would hire his own lawyer.
It will be up to a superior court judge whether to grant bond, Turner says.
The website for Leverett Auto Sales says he and his wife have been married for 38 years, with five children and eight grandchildren.
We called the business, but they declined comment. We could not reach the church for comment.