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JSO Seeking Tips in Pastor Molestation Case

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is asking for the public’s help in uncovering more potential victims in the case of a local pastor accused of child molestation. 

Former pastor Jeffrey Lawrence Bedwell was arrested last Thursday and accused of lewd or lascivious battery and molestation on a child. Bedwell worked at several Jacksonville churches at the time.


JSO is asking anyone with additional information about Bedwell to contact them at 630-0500, or Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.


Tristan is WJCT’s 2021 Summer Reporting Intern. He has previously worked as the City and County Commission reporter for the Independent Florida Alligator, Gainesville’s student-run newspaper, and Fresh Take Florida, a news service working in partnership with the Associated Press to cover the Florida Legislature and select political news stories across the state.