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NEW INFORMATION: Harvest Vineyard Ministries pastor arrested for child abuse
CRESTVIEW -- The pastor of a Crestview Halfway House is charged with child abuse.
Police say he was housing juveniles in the same building as convicted felons and sex offenders.
Police served a search warrant at Harvest Vineyard Ministries on Main Street.
They arrested the ministry's founder, Alex Thompson, charging him with "child abuse without great harm."
Harvest Vineyard Ministries is being closed down right now. It's fallout from the child abuse investigation.
When police went in with their warrant, they found a building the fire chief says is unsafe to live in.
This video from Harvest Vineyard's Facebook page shows the kind of activities Sam Wheat remembers.
He spent several months in the halfway house a few years back, by court order.
Sam Wheat/Crestview "It was a good experience, a very good experience"
Thursday morning, Crestview police arrived at Harvest Vineyard with a search warrant.
A special response team stood by, but the officers entered without a problem.
Sam "A search warrant? Lord have mercy, I can't imagine what that could be about"
Chief Tony Taylor says it was about who was staying there.
In the same building with convicted sex offenders, he says police learned at least four teenagers have have been housed at Harvest Vineyard in recent weeks.
One of them ran away, but it was never reported to authorities.
Kenny Barker "You've got kids, like teenagers, all the way to older people"
Kenny Barker says his father has been staying at Harvest Vineyard for about two weeks.
His dad was one of almost eighty people who were detained for hours as police did their search.
Kenny Barker/Crestview "It's awful, I just want to get him out"
At least one person was arrested on an outstanding warrant not related to the investigation.
The pastor, Alex Thompson, was arrested and charged with child abuse.
Chief Taylor says one of the pastors has made arrangements with a colleague in Alabama to give Harvest Vineyard's residents a place to stay.