Florida youth pastor charged with ‘attempted sex’ with 17-year-old church member

Andrew Pierce Weaver (Polk County Sheriff’s Office)

A youth pastor in Florida allegedly asked a 17-year-old girl he was advising for nude photos and groped her in a hotel room, according to local police.

Andrew Pierce Weaver, a 29-year-old youth pastor of Highlands Church of Christ in Lakeland, has been arrested and charged with attempted unlawful sex with a minor and interference with child custody, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday.

Weaver was allegedly giving the victim “informal guidance” after she confessed to having “sexual fantasies” about him, according to police.

The teenager allegedly showed Weaver nude photos of her and he continued to ask for more, although she told police that he never asked her to send him any, trying to “avoid getting in trouble.”

In late December or early January, she allegedly met Weaver at church and the two drove together to a hotel room, where they began sexual activities — but not sex — before a maid interrupted them. Police confirmed that Weaver had rented a room on Dec. 29.

The victim told police that she believes they would have continued had they not been disturbed.

Church staff eventually reported Weaver to police, citing a possible “inappropriate relationship.”

After his arrest, Weaver claimed that he “struggles with impulse control” and had “crossed a line” with the victim.

“Youth ministers are entrusted with mentoring our children. This minister betrayed that trust and he must be held accountable,” Sheriff Grady Judd said in a statement. “Thankfully, the church leadership did the right thing by reporting his inappropriate behavior.”

Weaver has been fired and Highlands Church of Christ told WFTS that the church is cooperating with police.

“We are devastated by what has occurred and we are praying for healing for our church and for those involved,” the church said in a statement.

SOURCE: New York Daily News – KATE FELDMAN

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