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Sunday January 23rd, 2022 10:16AM

Former pastor facing child sex crimes bonds out of Forsyth County jail

A Forsyth County pastor facing child molestation charges bonded out of jail Thursday afternoon.

According to the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office, 80-year-old Benjamin "Gus" Harter was released on an $82,500 bond with conditions being that he must wear an ankle monitor, have zero contact with children and forfeit his passport.

Harter had been lodged in the Forsyth County Jail since his arrest on August 30.

According to Forsyth County Sheriff's Office spokesman Cpl. Doug Rainwater, the chare of child molestation stems from when detectives found "ample probable cause" after an initial investigation. He said Harter could face more charges.

Harter has served as pastor of Ebenezer Primitive Baptist Church in Sandy Springs since 2014. The church's website says Harter has led congregations in Kentucky, Florida, Texas, Atlanta and the Philippines. 

An associate pastor told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Harter was no longer a pastor or member of the church.

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