Youth Minister Accused Of Abusing Girl Near Tampa

BRANDON, Fla. (AP) — A 47-year-old youth minister is in jail without bail after he was arrested on charges of sexual battery and lewd molestation of a young girl during Sunday school classes at a church near Tampa.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office says William A. Richardson II was arrested Wednesday. He’s accused of abusing the girl over a period of three years, starting when she was around 9 years old.

Richardson is a youth minister and choir director at the First Baptist Church of Mango in Seffner.

Sheriff’s deputies say the incidents were reported on Oct. 22 and Richardson was arrested at his home in Brandon, which is a suburb of Tampa.

Investigators are asking any additional victims to call the sheriff’s office.

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