Palm Bay Pastor Samuel Vidal Arrested For Molesting Teen, Investigators Say

By  //  February 22, 2017

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arrest came after a 10-month investigation

ABOVE VIDEO: Samuel Vidal, 40, a Palm Bay pastor and principal has been arrested and charged with lewd and lascivious molestation of a child, according to a report by WFTV Channel 9’s Melonie Holt.

BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – Samuel Vidal, 40, a Palm Bay pastor and principal has been arrested and charged with lewd and lascivious molestation of a child, according to a report by WFTV Channel 9’s Melonie Holt.

The arrest came after a 10-month investigation by police after the allegations against Vidal were reported to Palm Bay police last April, investigators said.

A 15-year-old girl who attended Restoration Christian School in Palm Bay said Vidal fondled her, investigators said. The teenager told an adult at the school and her parents, who contacted authorities. The school has since been closed.

“We had to bring it from nothing to something, enough for probable cause to have a judge sign an arrest warrant,” said Palm Bay police Lt. Mike Bandish.

Vidal was removed from his position at the Christian school, but Eyewitness News has learned that he’s started a new school and is a principal at Overcomers Academy.

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