A Zwolle minister was arrested Monday and booked into the Sabine Parish Detention Center, according to Sabine Sheriff Ronny Richardson.
New Creation Ministry Church pastor Mark Rivers, 45 was arrested after being accused of spanking his stepchild. The spanking was so severe that it left bruises that were visible a week later, the sheriff stated.
Charges were filed against Rivers after the child was taken to a physician.
Rivers was released from jail on the cruelty to a juvenile charge after posting a bond of $2,000.
The pastor was arrested again Tuesday on outstanding warrants from the Many Police Department for driving under suspension, speeding and no insurance on a vehicle. He paid fines totaling $1,215 and was released.