Pastor Jerry Harris and Christopher Williams arrested for abusing children

An area pastor has been arrested and his church’s school closed amid allegations of abuse.

Both the pastor, Jerry Harris, 47, and a school employee, Christopher Williams, 21, were arrested at Crossroads Baptist Church Tuesday afternoon and charged with battery and neglect.

Clarksville Police said Wednesday they were continuing to investigate and interview students and school staff members. 

Police say the school had 8 full time employees and more charges are possible.

The school, according to police, houses 23 young men from across the country, ages 8 to 18, who were sent to the school after disciplinary issues.

Clarksville police say several students had marks on their bodies consistent with abuse and one told authorities he had been hit with a paddle. 
Because of their continuing investigation, police declined to offer specifics on those injuries.


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