A youth pastor at Highlands Church of Christ in Lakeland was arrested Tuesday on accusations that he tried to have intercourse with a 17-year-old lady in his youth group, the Polk County Sheriff’s workplace introduced.
Officers at Highlands Church of Christ reported the pastor, 29-year-old Andrew Pierce Weaver, to the sheriff’s workplace after studying of his conduct, sheriff’s officers mentioned. Weaver has been arrested on prices of tried illegal intercourse with a minor and interference with youngster custody.
For a number of months, Weaver maintained an inappropriate, casual relationship with the teenager, Sheriff Grady Judd mentioned in a information convention Wednesday. The teenager instructed sheriff’s officers that Weaver steadily checked out nude private photographs she saved on her cellphone, although he requested that she not share them with him electronically.
In late December, Weaver and the lady met within the church car parking zone and drove to the Finest Western motel in Mulberry with the intention of getting a sexual encounter. The 2 have been interrupted by a cleansing employees employee who knocked on the door. The knock startled Weaver and ended the encounter earlier than the 2 engaged in sexual exercise, sheriff’s officers mentioned.
Weaver acknowledged to investigators that he drove the lady to the motel room, and Finest Western data confirm the timeline, in line with a sheriff’s workplace information launch.
Weaver instructed sheriff’s officers that he believed he’d “crossed a line” with the lady, the information launch states.