BLOUNT COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — A pastor of a Jefferson County church has been arrested and charged with a child sex offense, Blount County Sheriff Mark Moon confirmed.

“It has alarmed us,” Moon said. “I mean it really has, it hurts our hearts anytime a child is a victim of any crime, but specifically something this heinous. I mean a sex crime against a child, that has a lifetime- it does a lifetime of damage.”

Kenneth Daniel, 64, was charged with facilitating solicitation of unlawful sexual conduct with a child, according to jail records from the BCSO. He was booked into the Blount County Jail on the felony charge Wednesday night.

According to case documents, the alleged crimes took place between January 2020 and earlier this month.

A 7-year-old victim told her grandfather that Daniel, who is a pastor at First Baptist Church of Chalkville, had been sexually abusing her. The girl reported that Daniel had touched her private parts numerous times at his residence, a pool party and the church.

“It bothers me to think that anybody would think that it’s okay to do anything like this to a child,” said Sheriff Moon. “It bothers me that anybody would think they could do this to an adult. But, children are so innocent and they’re so precious, and why would you damage that.”

Sheriff Moon tells CBS42 they have no tolerance for child predators and will make sure offenders are punished according to the law.

“I hope that anybody that’s out there, that thinks that they can get away with this, you know, what happens in the dark it’s eventually going to be brought to light. And when it does, we’re coming to get you.”

Daniel remains in the Blount County Jail as of Thursday. CBS 42 reached out to church officials for a statement and we have not yet heard back.