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Black Collar Crime: Southern Baptist Pastor Kenneth “Ken” Daniels Accused of Sexually Abusing Children

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Kenneth “Ken” Daniel, pastor of First Baptist Church in Chalkville, Alabama, stands accused of sexually assaulting at least two children.

In October 2022, reported:

An Alabama pastor jailed earlier this month on allegations of sexual abuse of a 7-year-old girl is now facing more charges.

The Rev. Kenneth Harold Daniel, pastor of First Baptist Church of Chalkville, was charged in Blount County with facilitating solicitation of unlawful sexual conduct with a child.

Daniel now is facing charges in Shelby and Jefferson County counties involving the same victim, Blount County Sheriff Mark Moon confirmed Friday.

He is charged in Shelby County with four counts of sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12 with bonds totaling $240,000.

Alabaster police obtained the warrants against Daniel. Chief Curtis Rigney said the alleged abuse took place between 2020 through September of this year.

The chief said Daniel was friends with the girl’s grandparents from church and would have the girl come stay with him at his Alabaster home.

Daniel is also charged in Jefferson County with sex abuse by force and sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12 in Jefferson County. Those charges stem from allegations of abuse taking place at Daniel’s church.

According to the Blount County charging documents against Daniel, the investigation began when the victim told her grandfather that Daniel had been sexually abusing her.

The girl reported that Daniel had touched her numerous times on her private parts and that it had happened at his residence, a pool party and at the church between 2020 and September.

The victim and her grandfather live in Blount County. Blount County authorities arrested Daniel at the church.

“Daniel contacted the grandfather by phone for arrangements to bring the victim to the locations of disclosed sexual abuse,’’ records state.

Daniel also provided the grandfather with directions to those locations.

Daniel remains held in the Blount County Jail.

Today, WTVM reported:

A former Chalkville pastor was released from one jail and taken to another on charges of having sex with a child.

Kenneth Daniel,64, of Alabaster was the pastor of First Baptist Church of Chalkville in Jefferson County.

He was arrested and indicted in October in Blount County on charges of facilitating solicitation of unlawful sexual conduct with a child.

Daniel remained in the Blount County jail until his release Monday when he was taken to the Shelby County jail.

He is charged with four counts of sexual abuse of a child less than 12 years old. He is being held on $240,000 bond.

A hearing is set in Shelby County on March 22.

Bruce Gerencser, 66, lives in rural Northwest Ohio with his wife of 45 years. He and his wife have six grown children and thirteen grandchildren. Bruce pastored Evangelical churches for twenty-five years in Ohio, Texas, and Michigan. Bruce left the ministry in 2005, and in 2008 he left Christianity. Bruce is now a humanist and an atheist.

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