"I want you to hear it personally from me: All is well in the Dollar household," said the former educational therapist, who received a standing ovation from faithful congregants. "A family conversation with our youngest daughter got emotional. Things escalated from there."
Dollar said he neither choked or punched his daughter and explained away the abrasions on her neck as remnants from a case of eczema.
"I should have never been arrested," he said.
Dollar, who teaches that God will bless the faithful with material rewards, has previously endorsed corporal punishment.
"There’s a place for it, and it should only be administered with temperance," he said in a 2006 sermon.
Though church members appeared to accept their pastor's account, Dollar's 19-year-old daughter, who witnessed the altercation, told police her younger sister was telling the truth.
According to the incident report, Alexandria Dollar said her father "put both hands around her sister's neck and choked her for about five seconds." Then, she said, Dollar grabbed the 15-year-old by the shoulders and slapped her in the face.
Alexandria changed her initial story, deputies wrote in the incident report, "due to her parents being outside with her while she was writing it." After being separated from Dollar and her mother, Taffi, Alexandria produced a statement consistent with her original account, the report states.
Dollar said the incident was part of the devil's plan to "discredit" his ministry.
“Malicious witnesses testify against me,” he said, reading from Psalms 35 in the Old Testament. “They accuse me of crimes I know nothing about … May those who rejoice in my discomfort be humiliated and disgraced.”