Florida youth pastor charged with sexual battery

Posted at 7:10 PM, Jun 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-20 07:49:41-04

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office arrested a 26-year-old youth pastor on sexual battery charges Saturday. 

According to investigators, Samuel Armand Sutter began a sexual relationship with a female juvenile victim in October 2015. The relationship began as he was the youth pastor at the church the victim attends and escalated to numerous sexual encounters.  

The victim disclosed the information to her mother, after the mother discovered sexual pictures, videos and texts exchanged between the juvenile and Sutter.  The mother then contacted the sheriff's office.  

The sexual encounters occurred primarily at Sutter's residence, but also occurred twice at the ladies restroom located at Openwater Church.

Sutter is charged with five counts of lewd and lascivious behavior with a victim age 12 to 16 and five counts of sexual battery.