MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – A children’s minister from Bethlehem Baptist Church in Hazel Green has been arrested on two charges of sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12. The church has confirmed to WHNT News 19 James “Javie” McNeal was arrested yesterday.
The Madison County Sheriff’s Office confirms one victim filed a complaint about an incident that happened at the church where McNeal served as a children’s minister for six years.
Lon Ostrzycki, lead pastor of the church, says “McNeal has been terminated and isn’t allowed on the property.”
Church leaders are working with the families involved.
Ostrzycki called the situation a bad mistake and says McNeal will suffer the consequences. He also says the church will continue to preach Jesus and they will pull together as a church family and pray.