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Police arrest megachurch pastor after fight with daughter

Posted at 12:26 PM, Jun 08, 2012
and last updated 2012-06-09 09:19:11-04

From John Murgatroyd

(CNN) - Megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar was arrested in suburban Atlanta on simple battery charges, police said Friday.

Deputies in Georgia's Fayette County responded to a call about a domestic disturbance about 1 a.m. Friday. Dollar's daughter, 15, said she argued with her father over attending a party, said Investigator Brent Rowan of the Fayette County Sheriff's Office.

The daughter says the argument got physical.

She said her father charged her, put his hands around her throat and began to choke her, according to a police report. She said he then slammed her to the ground, punched her and beat her with his shoe.

Dollar's daughter was able to get away and dial 911, Rowan said.

Deputies noticed a scratch on the daughter's neck and arrested Dollar on charges of simple battery, family violence and child cruelty.

He was booked into the Fayette County jail early Friday. A judge set Dollar's bond at $5,000 during a morning hearing, and he was released.

Dollar is a senior pastor of World Changers Church International in suburban Atlanta, which claims about 30,000 members and has an $18 million sanctuary known as the World Dome.

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