Pleasant Grove man charged with raping 13-year-old inside church kitchen

Tyrone Banks

PLEASANT GROVE, Ala. (WIAT) — Authorities in Jefferson County arrested and charged a 58-year-old Pleasant Grove man for raping a 13-year-old girl.

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Randy Christian says the incident happened on April 12, 2014.

The victim spent the evening with Tyrone Banks, who is a friend of the family. Christian says Banks took the girl to a church where he claims to be an associate pastor.

Banks took the girl into the church kitchen and sexually assaulted her before driving her back home.

The girl told her mother when she returned home and the incident was reported to police.

Banks was arrested on May 2 and charged with rape by forcible compulsion and first-degree sodomy.

He posted $120,000 bond and was released on Sunday.

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