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A Florida man has been accused of repeatedly sexually molesting a girl over the course of several years during church Sunday school sessions, Hillsborough County detectives have alleged.
Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies arrested 47-year-old William Richardson II on charges that between 2010 and October 2013 he molested a girl who was nine-years-old at the time the alleged abuse began at First Baptist Church of Mango.
In a news release, law enforcement also claimed that the most recent attack came this month, when "at 11 years old, Richardson on at least one occasion sexually battered [the girl.]"
Richardson is currently facing the death penalty for his actions because of the ages of himself and the alleged victim. Under Florida law, sexual battery is a capital felony when the victim is under the age of 12 and perpetrator over the age of 17.
Richardson has also been charged with felony molestation.
According to Hillsborough County deputies, Richardson is an associate youth pastor and choir director at First Baptist Church of Mango. However, church staff told 10 News that Richardson only served as a volunteer with the youth.
The Christian Post's inquiries to gain more information about the case and Richardson's relationship with the church were unsuccessful.
Detectives currently do not believe that there were any other victims but have asked anyone who may have been victimized or who may have more information to come forward.