Fayette Co. Ga (WAOK/WXIA)-Fayette County deputies arrested megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar Jr. early Friday morning on a simple battery charge involving his teenage daughter, a spokesman with the sheriff’s office said.
The charismatic pastor of World Changers Church International in College Park was released on a $5,000 bond.
Dollar made a brief statement this morning, “I just love my kid. Love ‘em. Same problem every parent’s going through.”
According to WXIA-TV Dollar was taken into custody at his Fayetteville home and charged with simple battery and cruelty to children.
According to the police report from the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, Dollar’s daughter called police around 2 am. to say that her father attacked her after they argued about whether the daughter could attend a party.
The report says Dollar choked his daughter, then threw her to the ground, punched her and hit her with his shoe. The responding officer noticed a scratch on the daughter’s neck near her throat; the daughter said her father gave her the scratch during the fight.
When police interviewed Dollar, he said he tried to restrain his daughter when she “became very disrespectful” after he told her she couldn’t go to the party, according to the report. Dollar admitted to spanking his daughter and wrestling her to the floor, but said it was because she hit him.
Rev. Taffi Dollar and the couple’s son met Pastor Dollar when he was released from the Fayette County Jail after posting bond.
A spokesman for the minister said a statement will be released soon on Dollar’s behalf.