“It’s definitely a shock. Just the accusation is a shock,” Ramsey said. “The only thing we’re doing is waiting for the truth.”
Ramsey said the church takes extensive precautions to protect children. No adult is ever allowed to be alone with a child, and criminal background checks are mandatory for employees, he said.
Ramsey said they will pray for Granger, but are waiting to see if the allegations are true. He hopes the case will not reflect badly on the church.
“We’re very proud of our church,” he said. “The people here [at Safe Habor Christian Church] are good people.”
Granger is being represented by Arlington Foley, from Crown Point near Gary. Foley was not in court Monday and did not return a call seeking comment.
Granger faces five class A felonies, three class C felonies and a class D felony.
Convictions on the felonies would carry the following sentences: class A — 20 to 50 years; class B — six to 20 years; and class C — two to eight years.
Granger’s next court date is scheduled for May 11. Her trial is set to begin Aug. 4.
Detectives say they are interested in talking to anyone else who might have been abused by Granger. They can call the Clark County Sheriff’s Department at 812-283-4471.