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Parole violation could keep minister accused of rape in jail

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Tyrone Banks. Source: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Tyrone Banks. Source: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Bessemer. Source: Vanessa Araiza/WBRC Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Bessemer. Source: Vanessa Araiza/WBRC
PLEASANT GROVE, AL (WBRC) -

A pastor accused of raping one teenage girl and sexually abusing another is facing more charges Thursday.

The most recent charge is connected to an old robbery case and it's one that could keep Tyrone Banks behind bars indefinitely.

Monday, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office charged 58-year-old Tyrone Banks with the rape and sodomy of a 13-year-old girl.

Banks is accused of attacking the girl inside the kitchen of the Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Bessemer, the same church where he is said to have preached on numerous occasions.

Wednesday, Pleasant Grove Police announced a second teenage female came forward claiming Banks sexually abused her three years ago. In light of that, Banks was placed in jail on no bond.

But should he evenutally be granted bond, a new charge could keep him in jail. Jefferson county authorities have now secured a warrant for Banks on a parole violation.

In 2001, he was indicted on first degree robbery charges. According to the indictment, Banks committed a robbery with his son, Tyrone Banks, Jr. and three other men in March 2000.

The indictment doesn't spell out what exactly happened, but says there was female victim that was robbed. Banks was convicted on the charge and served prison time from August 2002 until he was paroled in October 2009.

Because Banks is now charged with another crime, authorities say he violated his parole, which led to the latest warrant for his arrest.

Thursday, Pleasant Grove Police told FOX6 News that a third victim has come forward and they are working on possibly filing additional charges against Banks.

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