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Georgia pastor arrested for imprisoning 8 people against their will in his basement

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A Georgia pastor was arrested after police found eight people imprisoned against their will in a basement of his home.

55-year-old Curtis Keith Bankston was charged with false imprisonment after emergency personnel responded to a 911 call reporting of a man suffering a seizure at home in the city of Griffin on January 13.

The first responders had to climb the window to get inside the house to the patient as the basement door was locked and dead-bolted, according to the reports. When they got inside, they discovered 8 people locked in the basement.

Police alongside the Division of Aging Services and Department of Human Services immediately arrived at the scene, Multiple issues, including neglect and abuse were found, police said.

According to the Griffin Police Department, Griffin and his wife, 56-year-old Sophia Simm-Bankston were running an "unlicensed group home" at the house "under the guise of a church known as One Step of Faith 2nd Chance."

An investigation revealed that “the 'caretakers' have been leasing this property for approximately fourteen months, using the basement as a personal care home for the individuals, which essentially imprisoned them against their will.”

"It was further determined that most, if not all, of the individuals residing in the basement, were mentally and/or physically disabled," it continued.

The investigation is ongoing and the additional charged can be pressed against the couple.

By the following day, all the individuals were placed into housing.

Author: Usa Really