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Florida Evangelist Charged in Assault of Teen Goddaughter who Babysat His Kids

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Junior Augustin, a 34-year-old Florida evangelist, was arrested for assaulting a teen girl who babysat his children while their mother was away for two months. The girl is his goddaughter.

The girl had stayed at Augustin’s home in January and February, but her mother noticed problems when the girl came back home in March. When the mother searched the girl’s phone, she found nude photos and romantic messages the two had exchanged via Whatsapp and Telegram.

Augustin worked at Solid Rock the Seven Day Church, a congregation in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Representatives of the church confronted Augustin about the charges in two meetings which were recorded, as were all church meetings. He voluntarily confessed to preying on the teen girl, but claimed she had initiated sex with him while he was partially asleep. He claimed he thought he was having sex with his wife.

Augustin was jailed with a $100,000 bond.

Investigators with the Broward Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit said they are concerned there may be more victims, and they’ve asked anyone with information to contact Detective Dimos Charoudis at 954-321-4243.

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Steve Rabey

Steve Rabey is a veteran author and journalist who has published more than 50 books and 2,000 articles about religion, spirituality, and culture. He was an instructor at Fuller and Denver seminaries and the U.S. Air Force Academy. He and his wife Lois live in Colorado.