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Former church youth leader accused of molesting teen

June 13, 2019

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a 32-year-old former youth leader at a Florida church is accused of molesting a member of her teen group.

Pinellas County Sheriff’s officials say they arrested Heather Matuszek Wednesday on two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation on a 15-year-old girl.

The Tampa Bay Times reports the now 19-year-old victim told investigators the incidents happened between August 2014 and April 2015, when she was 15. She reported the allegations on March 25.

Deputies said Matuszek no longer attends Clearwater Community Church, where she was a youth leader.

Investigators say they interviewed Matuszek on Wednesday and she admitted to the allegations.

An investigation is underway to determine if there are other victims.

Matuszek was released on bond. Jail records didn’t list a lawyer for her.

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