SPINDALE, N.C. (AP) -- A man who accused a North Carolina church of holding him against his will and abusing him because he's gay is recanting.

Twenty-two-year-old Michael Lowry told The Associated Press he's sorry for making accusations against the Word of Faith Fellowship.

Rutherfordton County Sheriff's Detective Sergeant Jamie Keever says he met with Lowry this week, and the investigation is continuing.

The district attorney presented the case to a grand jury, but it's unclear what will happen next.

Lowry filed charges last year. He was supported by the gay rights group Faith in America, which called the allegations a hate crime.

This is the latest controversy to surround the church founded in 1979 by Sam and Jane Whaley. The church has been accused for years of enforcing extensive control over its congregation.

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