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Pastor accused of attack on gay son now facing theft charges


FRUITLAND, Tenn. — The Gibson County, Tenn., pastor accused of attacking his gay son and partner when they tried to attend church services last Wednesday, is now facing charges in another crime.

According to Trenton police, they recently arrested Pastor Jerry Pittman, of Fruitland’s Grace Fellowship Church, on charges of stealing from a local business.

“It’s hard enough nowadays to trust people and I just can’t believe that a pastor would even steal anything,” said Trenton resident Hayley Gordon.

Police arrested the 52-year-old on September 21, after his estranged wife told them she had heard from co-workers that he had been stealing from her business.

“Our investigation into the incident that was reported showed that he and another gentleman did scrap copper at a scrap yard here in Trenton,” Lt. James Wilson said.


Last week, Jerry Pittman, Jr., and his partner Dustin Lee were assaulted at the Church, in an attack allegedly planned by Pittman’s father.

The couple filed assault charges against Deacons Billy Sims and Eugene McCoy. Pittman pressed additional charges against his father and Deacon Patrick Flatt.

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