Florida Youth Minister Is Arrested After Having Attempted To Have Sex With A Teenage Girl

June 10, 2021

By Celena Mori

On Monday, a 29-year-old Florida youth minister was arrested by deputies from the Polk County Sheriff's Office (PCSO) after attempting to have sex with a teenage girl.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, the minister is named Andrew Pierce Weaver and is from Lakeland, FL. He currently faces charges of trying to have sex with a minor and interference with child custody as stated by PSCO records.

He was taken to the Polk County Jail and is being imprisoned without a bond. Sheriff Grady Judd said that the church leadership did the right thing by reporting Weaver’s inappropriate behavior.

“Youth ministers are entrusted with mentoring our children,” Judd said. “This minister betrayed that trust and he must be held accountable.”

On June 3, Alicia Manautou, a spokesperson of PCSO, stated that they had gotten a call from Highlands Church of Christ staff. Apparently, the church staff reported that a church pastor may have come into contact and had an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old girl in his youth group. The staff member also suspected that their relationship had been happening for about five months in between September 2020 to January 2021.

Manautou also said that deputies had interviewed the victim and confessed that she had gone to Weaver for guidance about having sexual fantasies. Weaver then asked the victim if the fantasies were about him to which she confirmed they were.

The victim goes on to tell the authorities that she would show Weaver naked pictures of herself through her phone. Weaver would ask to see the photos frequently but told the victim to never send them to him. The victim theorized that this was his way of avoiding trouble.

Manautou further reports that Weaver and the victim met with each other at the Best Western in Mulberry where the encounter lasted 30 minutes. That is when the two took off their shirts and began making out. Weaver stated that as he was kissing the victim’s chest, they were interrupted by housekeeping knocking on the door.

After startling the both of them, the two decided to go back to the church. When being asked about this Weaver had confessed to authorities that the encounter to be true and believed he had “crossed the line.” He also admitted to deputies that he has an impulse control issue and began growing an emotional attachment to the victim.