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Church youth director faces sex charges

Published Dec. 11, 1998|Updated Sep. 14, 2005

A 33-year-old man was charged Thursday with having sex with a 17-year-old girl he met through the Tampa Baptist Church, where he was director of youth programs.

Dan Earl Allmond faces two counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor, and was being held at the Hillsborough County Jail late Thursday on $2,000 bail.

Police said Allmond, who worked full-time for the church, had sexual relations with the girl on church property and at his home on W Paris Street.

The girl, whose identity police withheld because of the nature of the accusations, told investigators the relations were consensual, said Steve Cole, spokesman for the Tampa Police Department.

The investigation began early this week, Cole said, and the girl and her parents were cooperative.

Allmond refused to make any comments, Cole said.

Jeffery McCormick, senior pastor at Tampa Baptist Church, 300 E Sligh Ave., said Allmond had worked as the church's director of youth and recreation ministries and oversaw programs such as Bible study classes and retreats for teenagers. He resigned this week.

McCormick said church members, who number about 1,000, are taking the news hard. "We're just in absolute shock, the entire staff," McCormick said.

The sexual relations occurred between August and October, Cole said. According to jail records, Allmond is married.

"It's a very tragic situation when you have somebody in his position taking advantage of a teen," Cole said.

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