Court docs: St. Clair County pastor, convicted rapist conspired to burn down church


ST. CLAIR COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — A St. Clair County pastor, his wife and a former teacher convicted of rape, have been charged after being accused of conspiring to burn down a building for the insurance money.

Ricky and Angela Mitchell, along with former teacher Heather Whitten, were indicted by a grand jury for second-degree arson and second-degree criminal conspiracy. The Mitchells are also facing an additional charge of first-degree insurance fraud.

Heather Whitten is charged with second-degree arson and second-degree conspiracy.

The incident occurred Jan. 12 at a building housing the Longview Institute church off of U.S. Hwy. 78 in Riverside.

Whitten is a former Pell City teacher who was convicted of second-degree rape and sodomy of a student in 2012.

The Mitchells’ bonds have been placed on $25,000 each while Whitten was placed on a $15,000 bond.

No other information has been released at this time. Stay with CBS 42 as this is an ongoing story.

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