Centerville pastor accused of child molestation released from jail

bpurser@macon.comDecember 5, 2013 

Wiley Green Leverett

PERRY -- A Centerville pastor accused of child molestation got out of jail on a $25,000 bond Friday morning.

Houston County Detention Center records show Wiley Green Leverett was released just before 8 a.m. Friday.

Judge Katherine K. Lumsden ordered the bond for Leverett, 54, with restrictions Thursday, including electronic monitoring on house arrest. Leverett’s attorney, William Noland, said Leverett was expected to be set up with the electronic monitoring Friday morning.

Leverett, pastor of the Solid Rock Community Church, has pleaded not guilty to the charges of three counts of child molestation, four counts of sexual battery and one count of aggravated sexual battery.

Noland said Leverett “absolutely denies all these allegations.”

“He denies that he did anything wrong or inappropriate with anyone, and he has every intention of fighting these allegations in court,” Noland said.

Leverett, who lives in Warner Robins, may go to work at the church during normal business hours and during regularly scheduled worship services, according to the bond order. He may also work at his business, Leverett Auto Sales, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, the bond order states.

The bond order also states Leverett may have no contact with children under the age of 18 “except insofar as such contact is incident to his preaching responsibilities while in the sanctuary” of his church during Sunday services. He may also have contact with his grandchildren with permission of their parents.

Leverett is accused of inappropriately touching four girls whose ages ranged from 8 to 16 at the time of the alleged offenses, according to Houston County Sheriff Capt. Randall Banks, head of juvenile investigations. The incidents allegedly took place between 2010 and 2012, according to the arrest warrant.

Prosecutor Mark Anthony opposed bond. But he noted state law only allows for bond not to be granted if the accused is a risk to reoffend, to flee or to the community, among other provisions.

Anthony said he felt the judge was attempting to balance the prosecution’s concerns of risk to the community in the bond restrictions, while also addressing the defense position that Leverett has no prior criminal record in allowing bond.

Telegraph archives were used in this report. Houston Editor Jennifer Burk and writer Liz Fabian contributed to this story. To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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