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Orlando youth pastor Samuel Pierre accused of raping young girl

Posted at 11:30 AM, Nov 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-10 11:30:31-05

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say an Orlando area youth pastor is accused of kidnapping and raping a young girl.

Records show 35-year-old Samuel Pierre was arrested Tuesday and remains in the Orange County Jail. He's charged with sexual battery on a child under 12.

The girl's mother told Orange County Sheriff's investigators that Pierre picked up her daughter in August to attend a youth group at Tabernacle of Prayer and Miracles International Church. She says the girl started "acting different" after that night.

The Orlando Sentinel reports the mom confronted the girl who told her Samuel took her to his house. At some point she says he took her into a bedroom and raped her. Afterward, he told her not to tell anyone.

Records don't indicate whether he's hired a lawyer.
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   Information from: Orlando Sentinel