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    Release Number: 16-274

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • June 20, 2016
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    Youth Pastor Arrested For Sexual Battery

    The relationship began as he was the youth pastor at the church the victim attends.
    • Saturday
    • June 18, 2016
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • 11506 Fountainhead Drive
    • Tampa, Florida


    Samuel Armand Sutter
    DOB: 4-25-90
    11506 Fountainhead Drive


    • Lewd and Lascivious Behavior with a victim age 12 to 16 (5 counts)
    • Sexual Battery (5 counts)


    Beginning in October of 2015, the defendant Samuel Armand Sutter began a sexual relationship with the female juvenile victim.  The relationship began as he was the youth pastor at the church the victim attends and escalated to numerous sexual encounters.  The victim disclosed the information to her mother after the mother discovered sexual pictures, videos and text exchanged between the juvenile and the suspect.  The mother then contacted the Sheriff's Office.  The sexual encounters occurred primarily at the defendant's residence, but also occurred twice at the ladies restroom located at Openwater Church at 15612 Race Track Road.

    There is no other information available today.

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