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Youth pastor arrested for sexual battery, kidnapping, police say

Samuel Pierre pastor at Tabernacle Prayer and Miracles International

An Orlando youth pastor has been arrested on charges of sexual battery and kidnapping, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said.

The mother of the child involved told police that her child had been acting different since after her first attendance at the Tabernacle Prayer and Miracles International youth group under youth pastor Samuel Pierre.

She confronted her child about the incident, and deputies came to speak with the child on Nov. 3.

The mother said Pierre told her that he would come to pick up her daughter along with other youth group kids to go to the church and that Pierre would bring back her daughter to her grandmother’s home after it was done.

The child told her mother about an incident on Aug. 8 where Pierre did not pick up any other children for youth group and the pair went to Pierre’s aunt's home, the report said.

The child told her mother that she fell asleep on the couch and that Pierre offered her a drink of water.

“She drank a couple of sips of the water and did not mention much for what happened afterward,” the report said.

The child told her mother that Pierre brought her to a back bedroom and placed her on the bed, lifted up her dress and performed a sexual act on her.

The child said the incident only last a few minutes, and Pierre told the child to change into different clothes after the incident, the report said.

Additionally, he told her that if she told anyone, the “results would not be good for her.”

Pierre has been charged with first-degree kidnapping and sexual battery on a child under the age of 12.

Authorities are asking anyone with any information to call contact Crimeline 800-423-8477.