Georgia pastor accused of raping 10-year-old homeless girl

Pastor Danny Wells aka Pastor 7 ("Photo Credit: Cobb County Sheriff's Office)
Pastor Danny Wells, aka Pastor 7 (Photo credit: Cobb County Sheriff’s Office)

Child predators choose the weakest possible victim they can find, and for Pastor Danny Wells that victim was a 10-year-old homeless girl.

Wells runs the 7 Bridges to Recovery ministry in Smyrna, Georgia, within the metro Atlanta area. The girl told detectives that she was molested at a homeless shelter known as “The Garden” which was founded and run by Wells. On the website for 7 Bridges to Recovery Danny Wells is listed as “Pastor 7 Wells-Pastor / Founder / Overseer of ministry.” The organization gives its mission statement as:

“A rescue team for JESUS CHRIST. The purpose of the ministry is to rescue our brothers and sisters off the streets and help them break the binds of homelessness, alcohol, drugs, sexual addictions, prostitution, and abuse …”

The group states that it serves 125 meals a day at “The Garden,” three times a day to families and individuals in need. But what Wells is accused of is something that has shocked the city of Smyrna.

The following statement was released regarding the arrest of Pastor Danny Wells:

“The Cobb County Police Department’s Crimes Against Children’s Unit is investigating an aggravated child molestation and rape that occurred at The Garden, 2840 Plant Atkinson Road, Smyrna, Cobb County, Georgia.  According to detectives, an investigation began in another jurisdiction (Dothan, Alabama), leading to the interview of a 10-year-old juvenile victim. During the interview, the juvenile victim disclosed she was sexually abused while staying at the recovery center, The Garden, in Smyrna, Georgia with family. Further investigation revealed the offender was the founder of The Garden, Danny Wells, who is also known as Pastor 7. Wells was arrested and charged with Rape (F) and Aggravated Child Molestation (F) at the Special Victims Unit on a warrant issued by the Cobb County Magistrate Court. The investigation into this incident is ongoing and there may be additional victims. If you have any further information regarding this incident, please contact the Cobb County Police Department’s Crimes Against Children’s Unit at (770) 801-3470.”

Wells is being held without bond at the Cobb County  Jail.

Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.

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