Florida Index

An excerpt of the news story can be read for each offender even though the link may be archived. Simply click on the name of the city and news excerpts for each story will be shown.

ApopkaDavid Joe RichSprings Community Baptist ChurchPlead guilty to molesting 2 girls ages 8 and 9Orlando Sentinel, 12/4/1998archived
BartowKenneth BaxleyBaptist Community Ministries in LakelandFailure to register as a sex offenderThe Ledger, 6/1/2001Minister not registered as Sex Offender
Boynton BeachDieugrand JacquesFormer Pastor of the New Alliance Haitian Church in Boynton BeachSentenced to ten years in prison, nearly three months after a jury found him guilty of molesting a 15-year-old femaleBroward/Palm Beach News Times, 12/13/2011Pastor Dieugrand Jacques Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison for Molestation
BrandonWilliam A Richardson IIYth Pstor and Choir Director, First Baptist Church of Mango in SeffnerChild molestation of a 9 yr old girl for two yearstampabay.com, 10/31/2013 Church volunteer arrested

Youth Minister Accused of Sexually abusing girl

Cape CoralTroy Cecil SnlowdenRadio EvangelistPosession of child pornography, wire fraud, transporting a child for illegal purposes and posession of a shotgunAP, 8/11/2002Evangelist on Child Abuse Charges
ChuluotaDavid Rutherford DownsPastor, Cornerstone Baptist ChurchChild-rape, two counts of sexual battery and six counts of lewd and lascivious conductBy Arelis R. Hernández, Orlando Sentinel, 9/23/2013Child Rape Charges Dropped

Pastor re-arrested on child rape charges

Pastor re-arrested

ClearwaterCharles RobinsonAME Church in St PetersburgChild Molestation. Sentenced to 20 yearsAP, 6/7/2000Minister gets prison in sex case
Delray BeachLyondon HowellCommunity Missionary Baptist ChurchChild Molestation and possibly getting the girl pregnant.Sun Sentinel, 6/27/2001Police charge minister in child sex case

Lyndon Howell Sex Offender

Duval CountyRoy Lynn GaskinsEdewood Heights Baptist ChurchForcing a 13 yr old boy at gunpoint to have sexFlorida Times-Union, 5/13/1988archived
EdgewaterMatthew C. GraziottiWarner Christian Academy in South Daytona; Formerly worked as a youth pastor at a church in Edgewater.Possession and distribution of child pornography.myfoxorlando.com, 7/14/2014Warner Christian Academy teacher arrested on Child Pornography

Elementary school teacher and ex-pastor is charged with producing and distributing child porn

EustisPedro L Custodio also known as Pastor PeteOur Father's House of Refuge Ministries, Inc.2 counts of Sexual battery and 1 count of attempted sexual batterytheblaze.com, 7/17/2014Pastor accused of sexual batter and rape absolutely snaps during TV reporter's questioning

Pastor Pete of Eustis women shelter accused of sexual batter

Fernandina BeachJames Clifton NalleyBaptist Church in Fernandina BeachCharged with fondling 2 church girls ages 9 and 11Florida Times-Union, 4/4/1989archived
Fort PierceKenneth JohnsonPastor, Friendship Missionary Baptist ChruchConvicted of having sex with a minorThe Tribune, 1/22/2003Pastor Church named in Civil Suit
GainesvilleBobby Harold EppsBaptist Pastor in StarkePlead guilty to performing a lewd and lascivious act in the presence of a child under age 16. Convicted of fondling a girl and masturbating in her presence when giving her a ride home.Gainesville Sun, 5/28/1986archived
JacksonvilleStephen Lee EdmondsFirst Baptist ChurchChild molestationNapes Daily News, 4/26/2002Jacksonville Deacon facing multiple charges

First Baptist Deacon Resigns

William Murray Hendricks JrPastor, Clay Hill Baptist ChurchChild Molestation of a 7 yr old girlFlorida Times-Union, 9/19/1989archived
Joe MarinoCustodial sexual battery and soliciting sex from a 16 yr oldFlorida Times-Union, 5/13/1988archived
Anthony P DentonBerean Baptist Church, Fayetteville NC, Trinity Baptist Church Jacksonville, FL., Westside Church16 counts of taking indecent liberties with childrenFlorida Times-Union, 10/10/2007Man still counseling at time of his arrest
Trinity Baptist ChurchLawsuits filed due to child molestation of former pastor Dr. Bob GrayFirst Coast News, 6/14/2007Another lawsuit filed against Trinity Baptist Church

Lawsuit Claims Church Hid Abuse

Trinity Baptist faces Second Lawsuit

Dr. Bob GrayFormer Pastor, Trinity Baptist ChurchSexually abusing 21 childrenFirst Coast News, 11/12/2007More legal action taken against Trinity Baptist Church

Accused Pedophile Baptist Preacher Dies

Another Lawsuit against Trinity Baptist Church

Thomas RakeTrinity Baptist Christian Academy TeacherPleaded guilty to 1 count of lewd and lascivious conduct for fondling a girl, 13Jacksonville Times Union, 3/7/1997Thomas Rake Florida Sexual Offender

Christian Academy Teacher Guilty of Fondling girl ffrf.org

Lake CountyFlorida Baptist ConventionFlorida Baptist Convention found liable for former pastor, Douglas W Myers, who abused Eustis boyOrlando Sentinel, 5/17/2012Baptist Convention sex abuse trial
Lake WalesGene FrancisPastor, Church of the NazereneSexually assaulting a 17 yr old boySarasota Herald-Tribune, 6/4/2003Lake Wales Minister arrested in sexual assault case
William Benjamin WellsPastor, Christian Harvest Ministries2 counts of molestation of a child under 12. 2 counts of sexual assault on a child under 18. 1 count of sexual battery on a child under 12Lake Wales News, 6/20/2002Local Minister arrested for sexual battery
LargoRandy MorrowCountryside Baptist ChurchMolested 3 teenage boysSt. Petersburg Times, 11/18/2000Youth Minister sentenced
LeesburgThomas HalseyDeacon,First Baptist Church LeesburgSexually battering a girl under the age of 10New York Daily News, 3/30/2014First Baptist Deacon Sexually assaults young girl
MascotteWilliam Nathan White JrBaptist Preacher, Hillcrest Baptist ChurchSexual battery of a child under age 12AP, 3/5/1999Preacher faces charge of sexual abuse

William Nathan White

MathisAntonio S MartinezPentecostal Evangelist from MathisAggravated sexual assault of a 12 yr old girlChristi Caller Times, 9/27,28/1989archived
MiamiKeith GerenWayside Baptist ChurchMolested nearly a dozen boysSarasota Herald Tribune, 2/6/1994archived
Oreste Victoriano LopezWest Flagler Park Baptist ChurchSexually assaulting teenagersMiami Herald, 7/17/1998archived
Daniel GarnickiCamino de Santidad ChurchHaving sex with a minorHerald, 11/29/1997Pastor accused of raping girl from church

Garnicki v State

Third District Court of Appeal

Florida Sexual Preditor

New Port RicheyAlfonso MaralesGospel Outreach ChurchMolesting a 5 yr oldSt Petersburg Times, 6/25/2002archived
OcalaPaul SlaterTraveling Evangelist4 counts sexual batter of a 8 and 12 yr oldOcala Star-Banner, 2/18/1989archived
OrlandoHarley FrancisPowers Dr. Baptist Church in OrlandoMolested 6 girls ages 6 to 13Florida Today, 4/26/1986archived
PaceFloyd W Linder JrPace Apostolic Church9 counts of capital sexual battery, 3 counts of sexual batteryAP, 10/1/2000Pace Pastor gets 20 Years

Floyd Linder pleads not guilty

Palm BeachCarence “Brother Will” WilliamsHoly Way Church and CommuneConvicted of sexually abusing two girlsPalm Beach Post, 3/13/1986; Tampa Tribune, 4/5/1987archived
Keith ThomasFirst Baptist Church of West Palm BeachDefrauded church member out of 1.8 millionThe Press Register, 3/2/2008Keith Thomas
Palm SpringsMormon ChurchA lawsuit filed Friday against The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a church bishop and a missionary, claims a woman was repeatedly sexually abused when she was a teenager in Rancho Mirage and Palm Desert, and it was covered up.palm springs dessert sun, 5/2/2014; freerepublic.com, 6/27/2014Mormon Church covers sex abuse
QuincyWilson A Mears, JrPine Grove Baptist Church in QuinceySexually assaulted 14 yr old step daughterForida Today, 3/8/1987archived
Riviera BeachThomas MastersNew Macedonia Church of Riviera BeachRaped a mentally disabled manThe Palm Beach Post, 1/14/2003West Palm Beach Church Minister pay 600,000 to man who accused him of rape
SarasotaAlbert Joseph Clerico JrPort Charlotte Church School PrincipalSexual misconduct, deceptionSarasota Herald Tribune, 8/4/1992archived
TampaHenry LyonsNational Baptist Convention PresidentFraud. Accused of stealing millions of dollars from corporations and activistsReuters, 7/7/1998archived
Bernice EdwardsNational Baptist Convention EmployeeFraud. Accused of stealing millions of dollars from corporations and activistsReuters, 7/7/1998archived
Brenda HarrisNational Baptist Convention EmployeeAccused of stealing millions of dollars from corporations and activistsReuters, 7/7/1998archived
Robert Harvey AlexanderFirst Baptist Church in TampaCyberterrorism that targeted young womenAP, 10/7/2000Church Deacon faces multiple charges

Cyber-extortion resutls in prison sentence

Marvin C ThompsonRoyal Rangers, Temple Terrace Faith Assembly8 counts of sexual battery and lewd and lascivious conduct with children ages 5 and 8AP, 6/7 2000Church Counselor arrested on Child Sex Charges
Dan Earl AllmondTampa Baptist ChurchSex with a minorTampa Tribune, 12/9/1998archived
Cleveland “Rapper” MackPreacher, Tampa, FLSexually abusing 2 young boysTampa Tribune, 5/31/1988archived
W. Palm BeachJoseph MillienFull Gospel Assembly ChurchFelony sexual activity with a 17 yr oldAP, 10/28/1998archived

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