JEFFERSON COUNTY, Alabama – A 58-year-old man has been arrested after authorities say he raped a 13-year-old girl inside a Jefferson County church.
Sheriff’s officials on Monday announced the charges against Tyrone Banks, of Pleasant Grove. Banks is charged with rape by forcible compulsion and first-degree sodomy, said Chief Deputy Randy Christian.
Christian said sheriff’s officials on April 14 were contacted by an area police department concerning a report of a sexual assault. The mother of the victim had gone to them to report the attack, but they determined the assault happened outside of their jurisdiction.
Sheriff’s deputies then launched their investigation. They learned that on April 12, the girl spent the evening with Banks, who is a family friend. Banks drove her to a church near Hueytown, where he claims to be an associate pastor.
He had a key to the church and took her inside the kitchen, where he sexually assaulted her, Christian said. He then drove her back home.
The girl immediately told her mom what happened. On April 30, authorities obtained the warrants against Banks.
Authorities didn’t release the name of the church where Banks claims to be an associate pastor. He was arrested Friday, and released from jail Sunday after posting $120,000.