Davis charges dropped in Bradley
by By GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
Aug 07, 2013 | 3511 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Charges against a Cleveland pastor have been dropped in Bradley County; however, a November court date remains on the calendar for Henry K. “Hank” Davis.

Davis continues to have a case pending in Polk County stemming from allegations of sexual battery charges that were introduced in July 2012, as well as a civil suit brought by the parents of the alleged victim.

Assistant District Attorney General Drew Robinson said the Polk County case against Davis could go to trial.

Polk County officials began an investigation last July after allegations surfaced that Davis, who is pastor of Church of the Harvest, had inappropriate sexual contact with a girl under the age of 16, while on a youth mission trip to the Parksville Lake area.

He was later charged by Cleveland Police Department officials regarding the same alleged victim.

Detective Josh Stroud of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said later that investigators “currently have two charges pending against pastor Davis where it is alleged that he brought two separate female juveniles to the Polk County area and had inappropriate sexual contact with them on two separate occasions.”

Davis maintained his innocence and released a statement.

“The allegations which have been made against me are patently false. I did not commit the crimes with which I have been charged. My hope, prayer and belief is that the people of Bradley County and Polk County will listen objectively to the evidence and make decisions based on the facts,” Davis said in a statement in January after the additional allegations were made.

According to Davis’ attorney Jim Logan, the charges of the original complainant were dismissed on the eve of a scheduled jury trial in Polk County.

“The Office of the District Attorney announced to Bradley County Criminal Court Judge Carroll Ross that they were entering a dismissal of the charges by entry of a Nolle Prosequi. The entry of the Nolle is not dispositive of the case; however, authorities indicated that the charges with reference to the first complaining witness would not be brought back to court,” said Logan.

This action leaves pending similar allegations made by an individual after the original charges, according to Logan.

Logan also noted on behalf of his client, the action taken by the District Attorney General’s Office was the only appropriate action in view of evidence which had been developed during the investigation into the case.

“The complaining witness in that case and her parents are still pursuing a complaint against Davis and others alleged to be associated with Davis and Word of Life Ministries for compensatory damages in the amount of $10 million and punitive damages, as well as attorneys’ fees in the amount of $20 million,” Logan said.

In the civil case, the parents of the minor and her sister alleged that Davis committed inappropriate sexual touching and penetration, according to Logan.

Logan said, “There is irrefutable proof of the falsity of these allegations and Davis would vigorously defend against the civil charges against him the complaint which had been filed before the evidence provided to the state had been obtained by the defense in its investigation.”