FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A former pastor in Franklin County is charged with sexual torture and abuse.
Freddy Hovater, 72, was arrested on October 1, 2012 and a grand jury just indicted him on the charges.
Sheriff Shannon Oliver says the abuse happened for nearly a year inside Hovater’s home in Spruce Pine. The victim was an 8-year-old girl. Her family attended Hovater’s church.
Sheriff Oliver did not say which church Hovater used to lead.
Investigators seized a computer from Hovater’s home as well as other evidence.