Sumter, SC (WLTX) - A Sumter pastor is facing new charges of sexually assaulting female church members.
Sumter police charged 59-year-old Larry Durant Tuesday with two counts of criminal sexual conduct third degree.
Durant is the pastor of Word International Ministries in Sumter and Bishopville.
"We asked our detectives to continue on with the investigation to certainly see if they could develop any other leads or at least provide a level of comfort for the church members to see by talking to their children if by chance there may have been any other victims," Sumter Police Deputy Chief Alvin Holston said.
According to officers, a teenage girl who goes to the church told police Durant assaulted her during private sessions of prayer. The victims says the crimes took place between November of 2012 and April of 2013 at the church's Manning Avenue and Guignard Drive locations.
Last June, Durant was arrested on similar charges after female church members came forward to say that he'd assaulted them under the pretense that it was part of the healing process and private prayer.
Holston stresses that it's important to gauge adults before letting them have alone time with your child.
"In reality it takes some time to get to know someone and certainly before you allow them access to your, as a parent, most precious commodity and that's your children," Holston said.
Bond for Durant is set at $15,000.
Police say they're encouraging other potential victims to come forward. Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC, or e-mail a tip in to www.midlandscrimestoppers.com. You can also text information in by texting "TIPSC" plus your message to CRIMES (274637). Either way you choose, your identity will remain anonymous, and you could be eligible for a cash reward.