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GEORGIA: Bond set for Pentecostal pastor accused of child molestation

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Peyton Early Bostwick, pastor of United Lighthouse Pentecostal Church, faces six felony charges related to the alleged sexual assault of a minor childA $25,000 property bond has been set for Peyton Early Bostwick, 51 of 91 Airport Road in Cedartown. The relatively small bond was set earlier today in Polk County Superior Court and covers all six felony charges related to the alleged sexual assault of a minor child.

Bostwick was arrested on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 and charged with child molestation,aggravated child molestationenticing a child for indecent purposesfirst degree cruelty to childrenaggravated sodomy and aggravated sodomy of a minor.

At the time of his arrest, Bostwick was the assistant pastor of United Lighthouse Pentecostal Church where he also taught the Adult Sunday School class.

Bostwick, a self-employed landscaper also hosts a weekly Creative Landscaping Show with WGAA radio where listeners can call in and ask landscaping questions.

According to Polk County Detective Joe Weldon, Bostwick was arrested after a three month long investigation into the allegations of sexual abuse and child molestation. The incident was reported to police in April of this year. The victim is a female relative that was less than 10 years old when the alleged abuse occurred. The alleged child molestation incidents took place in Bostwick's home. Click here to view that report.

Bostwick had been previously arrested in October 2009 by Polk County police on charges of driving too fast for conditions, a tag light requirement, driving on a suspended license, DUI, open container and reckless driving, according to jail records. Click here to view that report.

Bostwick also faced a 2004 DUI charge in Houston County and was arrested again in 2009 for violating the terms of state probation.

Several church members were in court this morning to show their support. A friend posted the necessary property bond and Bostwick was released shortly after the bond was set.

Arrest reports do not reflect the guilt or innocence of the individuals listed. All parties are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Not every arrest/charge leads to a conviction. A conviction or acquittal is determined by the court system.

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