POLK COUNTY, Fla. [WFLA] – A north Lakeland youth pastor went from preaching to helping deputies trap a sexual predator.
Richard Lansford, 54, allegedly left his phone number on the doors of Fuel Church asking to spend the night with someone of any age, deputies said.
“He sees maybe some girls going and coming from a meeting. He asks, what’s your name, your age, do you want to do anything tonight? And he leaves his phone number,” said Sheriff Grady Judd.
Lansford thought he was in luck when a 16-year-old girl named Abby began to text him. Little did he know, Pastor Gregory Walker was behind...