Church Youth Minister Allegedly Paid Children for Sex

November 3, 2007

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Police said a youth minister was arrested for allegedly having sex with more than one child.

According to police, Marshal Seymour turned himself in Friday night after a warrant was issued for his arrest, WESH 2 News reported.

The Lakeland Police Department said the warrant came after an investigation that Seymour committed numerous sexual offenses while he was a volunteer youth minister at the First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland.

Police said Seymour allegedly engaged in sexual activity with more than one minor and often paid the victims money for the sexual conduct or to keep quiet about the encounters that had occurred.

Seymour was charged with unlawful sexual activity, using a child in sexual performance, and tampering with evidence.

Police said they are still investigating the allegations.


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