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Update: Megachurch Pastor Creflo Dollar Arrested

Dollar, whose World Changers church has a satellite in Peachtree Corners, was charged for allegedly assaulting his daughter in Fayette County.

Updated, 3:16 p.m.

Creflo Dollar Jr., whose megachurch World Changers has a satellite church in Peachtree Corners, was arrested Friday in Fayette County for allegedly assaulting his 15-year-old daughter.

He's been charged with simple battery, family violence and cruelty to children, according to the police report. Investigator Brent Rowan of the Fayette County Sheriff's Office told Norcross Patch that Dollar was booked into the county jail around 2 a.m. but was released later that same morning.

He was released on a $5,000 bond, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The victim told police that, after getting into an argument with his daughter around 1 a.m., Dollar allegedly put his hands around her throat and began to choke her. She added that he then "slammed her face to the ground" and began punching her, while also "whooping" her with his shoe.

Police noted seeing a scratch on the right side of her neck caused by the altercation.

Dollar told police that he did not strike her at all, but instead tried to "restrain" her when she became disrespectful. She started to hit back, he said, so he wrestled her to the floor and spanked her.

Dollar's other daughter, 19, told police that she did not see her sister fight her father at all. She saw their father slapping her younger sister in the face and throw her to the ground, and she attempted to break free. The older daughter ran to get her mother, Taffi Dollar, and the pastor stopped, says the report.

Dollar runs Creflo Dollar industries, and his main World Changers Church is in College Park. The church has 15 locations across multiple states, including Athens and Marietta, according to its website. The Norcross/Peachtree Corners satellite meets at 6920 Jimmy Carter Blvd.

Dollar is often mentioned in lists of prominent Georgia pastors.

CYNTHIA SHEPPARD June 15, 2012 at 11:04 PM
VERY SAD SITUATION-AS A PARENT WE WANT TO BE RESPEECTED-SOMETIMES TO AVOID ANY HARM TO ONE ANOTHER-WE AS PARENTS NEED TO CALL THE 911 NUMBER-SO THE SITUATION MAY HAVE BEEN HANDLE DIFFERENT-TIMES HAVE CHANGED-WE NEVER KNOW WHOSE TELLING THE TRUTH-SO HAVING OUTSIDE FOLKS INVOLVED MAY BE NECESSAY-WHERE WAS THE MOTHER-THIS IS VERY SAD-IF THIS HAS BEEN A ONGOING SITUATION-MAYBE SHE SHOULD HAD BE REMOVED FROM HOME-GOD WANTS US TO USE WISDOM-THINK BEFORE WE REACT-VERY SAD.
Emily Gorgenson June 28, 2012 at 11:53 PM
if his 15 year-old daughter was picked up by the police for being out at 1 a.m. then he would have been called a bad parent and been asked by the police why he wasn't a good parent keeping her in the house. You cannot let a 15 year old CHILD out running at 1 a.m for many reasons. Satan is using this incidence to destroy his ministry and family. Teenagers will exaggerate about almost every situation. Like Dr. Phil says, " the way you can know for sure that a teenager is lying? When they mouth is moving". True. What teenager is going to like their parent trying to keep them from sneeking off to a party in the middle of the night. His daughter needs to apologize to him for causing trouble. He was right to stand his ground. Spare the rod and spoil the child.
R. Holt August 28, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Brother Creflo I believe you and stick by you 100%. If you had to resort to restraining your daughter it must have gotten pretty disrespectful in your household. This whole incident was meant to embarrass you, your family and most of all your ministry. But it just shows me that none of us are exempt from Satan's attacks on us or our families. God sad we would not be ashamed. So please continue teaching us.

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