By Bob Allen, abpnews.com

Members of the First Baptist Church of Mango in Seffner, Florida are shocked by the recent arrest of a trusted youth pastor in their congregation.

William Allen Richardson II, 47, was arrested for sexual battery of a child and lewd molestation. Richardson was a longtime member of the church and a trusted volunteer associate youth pastor. He also was the director of the choir program, working closely with the children of the congregation. The arrest was made following tips of alleged sexual abuse of an 11 year old girl which prompted investigators to listen in on a phone call between the girl and Richardson. The evidence provided from the investigation led authorities to believe that a crime of sexual battery had been committed. Investigators are currently unsure if more children have been affected.

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