Seffner, Florida -- A Sunday school youth volunteer is being held without bond, accused of repeatedly sexually molesting a young girl during Sunday school.
It happened over the course of three years, say Hillsborough County sheriff's detectives, at the First Baptist Church of Mango along MLK Blvd.
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Church workers say William Allen Richardson II, 47, was good with the students at First Baptist Church of Mango. He would help them work through their problems, they say.
But investigators say since 2010 Richardson had been sexually molesting a little girl attending Sunday school classes.
"I'm sorry," says Nita Allred, Youth Services director at the church.
When told about the charges, Allred and others were shocked.
Through tears, she apologized, saying, "You trusted the children with me and I'm so sorry. That's all I can say."
Richardson, they say, was a church member since he was a child himself. He became a trusted volunteer with the Sunday school and music programs for several years.
Although typically around other adults and groups of children, there were situations, they concede, where Richardson may have been unsupervised.
Vesta Dickerson, the pastor's wife, says it's going to be a painful period for their church.
"My husband has to announce it to the congregation Sunday morning. That's going to be very difficult," she says.
Recently, detectives say Richardson's inappropriate touching had risen to the level of fondling. They set up a phone conversation between the girl and Richardson, and during that call detectives say he made self-incriminating statements.
"You know, it's unfortunate, this is a person of trust," says Det. Larry McKinnon, a spokesman for the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
At the Richardson family's home in Brandon, a friend by the name of Ryne Faurote stopped us before we could reach the front door.
He told us they hope the allegations aren't true.
For now, they are "devastated and in shock and they do not wish to talk to anybody," says Faurote.
At this point, Hillsborough County sheriff's detectives say they have no evidence of any other alleged victims, but they do have concerns that is a possibility given how long Richardson has been with the church, and his role there.
Richardson was arraigned in Hillsborough County this morning on charges of capital sexual battery.
He was ordered to be held without bond.