Church Volunteer Accused of Molesting Toddler
Published April 3rd, 2014
GAINESVILLE - A church volunteer is behind bars Accused of molesting a two-year-old in a North Central Florida church. While he has been around other children, it is not known yet whether there are more victims.
It all happened at the Parkview Baptist Church here in Gainesville, on Northwest 13th street. The little girls’ mother noticed something wasn't right as she was bathing her daughter and immediately called police.
Floyd Wilson is a 64-year-old Gainesville resident charged with sexual battery upon a person under 12 years of age. Actually, his victim is only two-years-old.
Iris Howard a Gainesville resident said, "It's very shocking to know this is happening so close to the neighborhood, at church especially."
Wilson was not a paid employee of Parkview Baptist Church. He was however a volunteer through the church's International Learning Center-- a program that helps residents of Alachua County learn English as their second language. Those students who are parents can leave their children with the ILC daycare.
The police report explains that the incident happened on Monday right here in the church's playground. According to witnesses that day the toddler was found to be hysterically crying.
The pastor at the church, Greg Magruder did not talk to us on camera but did tell us, “The church is cooperating with police and the courts and are doing everything they can to help all parties involved. We cannot make any comment at this time."
The child protection team did find that the child had suffered swelling, Ben Tobias with the Gainesville Police Department said. "The word that they used in their report was indeterminate but through interviews with the suspect and interviews with the child we figured out exactly what had happened. The child had a very vivid description of what had happened," Tobias said.
Ultimately, Wilson admitted putting his hands in an inappropriate place on the toddler but claimed it was an accident. Howard said, "I have little ones and it's becoming too common now a days. You never know it could be your next door neighbor. How are we supposed to know who to trust?"
Police are trying to figure out if there are more victims. "When he was talking with our detectives he played it off like it was an accident and when he was telling the investigator how his version of the events happened, he was smiling when he was re-telling the incident," Tobias said.
When police asked Wilson further questions about touching other children he babysat here at the church, he never gave a definitive answer. Instead he responded with things like, "I don't believe so," "Not to my knowledge," and "I can't remember."
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