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Deputies: Orlando Youth Pastor Accused of Raping Young Girl

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Posted at 6:49 PM, Nov 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-10 18:49:00-05

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 (http://bit.ly/2emhbfq ) 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, http://www.orlandosentinel.com/

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