Former Alabama pastor pleads guilty to rape, incest

By Erin Edgemon
June 08, 2015

William Best (DCSO)

A former Dallas County pastor accused of sexually assaulting a young family member pleaded guilty to rape and incest.

William Best, 48, was set to stand trial today on charges of sodomy, rape, sexual abuse and incest, court records show. He was originally arrested in April 2014. He was held on $2.5 million bond.

Court records show Best pleaded guilty to first-degree rape and incest today. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison for rape and 10 years for incest.

Best formerly served as pastor of Living Waters Worship Center in Valley Grande for three years. He was fired shortly after his arrest.

The sexual assaults took place over the span of three years and occurred at the church and at Best's home. The abuse began when the victim was 14 years old.



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