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Former Decatur pastor pleads not guilty to sex crimes


MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A former pastor at GracePoint Church in Decatur facing multiple sex-related charges has pleaded not guilty and dropped his arraignment, according to online court documents.

Danny Duane Pitts, 59, was arrested at his Hartselle home in November 2021 and charged with one count of first degree buggery and one count of second degree buggery.

Following his arrest, Pitts was released from the custody of Morgan County authorities on a $500,000 bond, on the condition that he wear an ankle monitor, not leave the state, and surrender his passport.

According to authorities in Grundy County, Tennessee, Pitts faces four other sex-related charges in that state, including statutory rape, two counts of sexual assault by an authority figure, and statutory rape by a figure. of authority.

Pitts was released from Grundy County custody on $50,000 bond.

Danny Duane Pitts
(Morgan Co. Sheriff’s Office)

News 19 reported in August 2021 that rumors of a pastor accused of acting inappropriately towards children at the Decatur church were circulating on social media. Several people claimed to have been treated and abused by a church pastor.

A jury trial is scheduled for November 28, 2022 at the Morgan County Courthouse.

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