Glennville Man, a Youth Pastor in Metter, Arrested for Child Explotation

The GBI arrested and charged Benjamin Dalton Houser, age 24, of Glennville, GA, with Sexual Child Exploitation on Friday, April 26, 2024.

On March 29, 2024, the Candler County Sheriff’s Office asked the GBI to investigate allegations that a youth pastor at Cedar Street Baptist Church in Metter, Georgia was sending inappropriate text messages to members of his youth group.

The investigation shows Houser sent texts to two minors under his supervision at the church. The messages were consistent with grooming tactics.

Houser is currently booked at the Candler County Jail.

This investigation is active and ongoing.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Candler County Sheriff’s Office at 912-685-2568 or the GBI regional investigative office in Statesboro at 912-871-1121. 

Once the investigation is complete, the case file will be given to Middle Judicial Circuit for prosecution.

Jessica Szilagyi

Jessica Szilagyi is Publisher of TGV News. She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as issues in law enforcement and corrections. She has a background in Political Science with a focus in local government and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia.

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