Student minister at Christ's Church in Mandarin charged with molesting a teenager
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A student minister at a church in Mandarin is facing charges of child molestation.
Police arrested David Wayne Lawson, 38, on four counts of lewd and lascivious molestation on a victim older than 12 but under the age of 16.
The police report shows the victim is 15.
The investigation began in December of last year when police received a report about a man engaged in sexual activity with a minor.
Police received new evidence this week that corroborated the initial report.
On Wednesday, police went to Christ's Church on Greenland Road where Lawson works as a student minister.
Officers detained him for questioning. He reportedly confessed and was taken to jail.
Police say Lawson expressed suicidal thoughts as a result of his arrest.
Lawson is being held at the Duval County Jail without bond.
He's been fired from the church.
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