Police: Pastor charged with rape of 10-year-old girl

- The founder of a Cobb County homeless shelter and addiction recovery center was arrested. He was charged with rape and aggravated child molestation.

Danny Wells, also known as Pastor 7, is the founder of the Garden Recovery Center. He is accused of abusing a 10-year-old girl, according to police.

“Mr. Wells is the founder of the garden. He is the man in charge over there,” said Lt. Nathan McCreary, Cobb County Police Department.

Police arrested Wells Thursday afternoon. An investigation, which began in Alabama, led police to Wells after a 10-year-old girl told police that Wells had sexually abused her.

“The Garden's been open for 10 years, so there is a concern there may be additional victims, adult and juvenile,” said McCreary.

The young girl was apparently staying at the Garden Recovery Center with her mother earlier this year for recovery services. Police said there was a delay in reporting the crime because the girl and her mother had moved out of state.

“The child did make statements to the Alabama police department during an interview that concerned them. They contacted our Cobb County Crime Department,” said the lieutenant.

The investigation is ongoing and Cobb County Police said there may be additional victims. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Cobb County Police Department's Crimes Against Children's Unit.

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