Pastor of Homewood church arrested for rape, sodomy

PLEASANT GROVE, Ala. (WIAT) — The minister of a Homewood church was arrested late Thursday night for rape and sodomy, according to the Pleasant Grove Police Department.

Glenn VanZandt, who is the pastor of Palisades Church of Christ on Palisades Boulevard, was arrested and faces charges of second-degree rape and sodomy.

Pleasant Grove Police Department spokesman Detective Sgt. Daniel Reid says it involves a female under the age of 16 and that VanZandt was involved in an ongoing relationship with the female.

According to Reid while on patrol, an officer noticed a car parked in a dark area of a park around 10 o’clock Thursday night. The officer went to check it out and found VanZandt and the young girl inside.

Warrants for VanZandt were signed Saturday morning as he was formally charged through the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office.

He is currently being held in the Jefferson County Jail in Bessemer on a $60,000 bond.

VanZandt’s picture and contact information have been removed from the church website.

Copyright 2014 WIAT 42 News

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