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Sumter pastor faces new charges of criminal sexual conduct, police seek additional victims

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Sumter pastor, 59-year-old Larry Durant, was charged Tuesday with two counts of criminal sexual conduct third degree. These new charges come after claims of sexual assault from female church members.

Durant serves as pastor of Word International Ministries in Sumter and Bishopville.

Police say a teenage girl who attends the church said Durant assaulted her during private sessions of prayer.  She said it happened between November of 2012 and April of 2013 at the church's Manning Avenue and Guignard Drive locations.

In June 2013, female church members came forward to say Durant assaulted them under the pretense that it was part of the healing process and private prayer.

Police say they're encouraging other potential victims to come forward. Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC, or e-mail a tip in to www.midlandscrimestoppers.com. You can also text information in by texting "TIPSC" plus your message to CRIMES (274637).   Your identity will remain anonymous, and you could be eligible for a cash reward.

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