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Former Franklin County Pastor Charged With Sexual Torture, Abuse

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Freddy Hovater (Photo: Franklin County Sheriff's Office)

Freddy Hovater is charged with sexual torture and abuse. (Photo: Franklin County Sheriff’s Office)

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.