Birmingham church sex abuse investigation


By Mike McClanahan

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Birmingham police are actively investigating the sexual abuse of a 14-year-old girl Sunday morning at a local church.

According to police the assault happened in a women’s bathroom inside the church as the church service was underway.

Investigators say the girl was accosted by someone who entered the church then entered the women’s bathroom.

Investigators said it happened around 11:45 am at the Greater Temple Missionary Baptist Church on 4th Ave., West.

Lt Scott Thurmond with the Birmingham Police Department says officers located a person of interest matching the description of the attacker several blocks away. Thurmond says the person of interest had an outstanding warrant with another agency on an unrelated charge. The person of interest has not been identified, but has been transferred to the other law-enforcement agency and is being held with no bond according to investigators.

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