Former Youth Pastor at Chets Creek Baptist Church in Florida Arrested for Grooming and Molesting 12-Year-Old Girl

A former youth pastor of a Southside church is facing multiple charges for a years-long sexual relationship with a young girl, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

Jeffrey Bedwell, 38, is charged with lewd and lascivious molestation, unlawful sexual activity and lewd and lascivious battery, according to court documents.

The former pastor was employed at Chets Creek Baptist Church on Hodges Blvd. during his alleged crimes.

Police say Bedwell began “grooming” the victim slowly with text messages when she was 12 years old.

The report states by the time the victim was 14 Bedwell had begun requesting inappropriate photos, which the two began sending back and forth to one another.

In the report, conversations escalated to sexual assault and continued until the victim was 17 years old.

Bedwell was arrested on July 8 and was booked into the Duval County jail. His bond is set for $500,000.

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SOURCE: Action News Jax, Samantha Mathers