Mississippi Educator and Minister Charged with Sex Crime Against Children

A Mississippi minister and educator has been accused of sex acts with several children he met through his extensive work with children.

Daniel Paul Harris, 44, was arrested on Thursday and charged with two counts of sexual abuse, two counts of sexual battery, and unnatural intercourse, the Olive Branch Police Department said.

While police said they would not release any further information, Desoto County District Attorney Bob Morris told WREG that Harris had come into contact with “a lot of children.”

“I don’t want to comment in detail on the investigation,” Morris said. “I can only say that it does cover a time period, I would not say it’s an isolated event with one individual.”

Court documents say that Harris is pastor at a church at 8300 New Craft Road, the address of Olive Branch Christian Church. Harris is listed as co-founder and CEO of the Kaimen Center, which offers a variety of extracurricular activities for homeschooled children and others. The center’s address is the same as the church.

Documents released by the court on Friday provide some details of the alleged crimes to five victims, WREG reported. The documents say the crimes took place at Harris’ home, at a gym, and at a church.

Harris is being held on a $950,000 bond.

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[Featured image: Daniel Paul Harris/Olive Branch Police Department]