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Pastor reacts to brethren's arrest

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District Attorney Joe Mulholland says that Dorrity was acquitted on all counts. District Attorney Joe Mulholland says that Dorrity was acquitted on all counts.
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Updated information: District Attorney Joe Mulholland says that Dorrity was acquitted on all counts.

March 14, 2003

Albany - Thursday's news of a Camilla minister's arrest for child molestation and sexual battery has confused church members and ministers all over South Georgia. An Albany pastor says prayer is what's going to keep spirits up and faith alive.

The word is getting around Southwest Georgia. Senior Pastor, Tim Bice says, "I didn't know what to think when I first heard the news."

Twenty-four-year-old Chris Dorrity, a minister at New Life Worship Center in Camilla, was arrested. He was charged with child molestation and several counts of sexual battery. Bice says, "I've met with him at his church, and we've actually prayed together."

Bice is a Senior Pastor at East Albany Baptist Church and he wants a different word to get around. The word is faith. He explains, "I know people's faith is going to waiver, but we need to understand we can't keep our eyes focused on what men do, we need to have our eyes focused on GOD."

And Bice hasn't given up total faith in Dorrity. He says, "Yes, as a matter of fact we still prayed for Chris and we'll continue to pray for Chris and his family."

When asked if Chris should ever be a minister again, Bice answered, "If the allegations are true, no. I know it sounds harsh, but he can still serve GOD, but not in the capacity of a minister, I don't believe."

Dorrity is accused of inappropriately touching two teenage girls and two women. Bice also hopes people will also pray for those involved with the allegations.

Dorrity was arrested Wednesday night. He was released from the Mitchell County jail yesterday on a $13,000 bond.

posted at 4:46PM by kathryn.simmons@walb.com