Police: Former pastor propositioned 13-year-old for sex in online sting

Richard Logsdon, a former pastor in Florida who was on probation for second-degree murder, is accused of propositioning someone he thought was a 13-year-old girl for sex online, investigators said.
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Richard Logsdon, a former pastor in Florida who was on probation for second-degree murder, is accused of propositioning someone he thought was a 13-year-old girl for sex online, investigators said.

Credit: Marion County Sheriff's Office

Credit: Marion County Sheriff's Office

former pastor in Florida is accused of propositioning someone he thought was a 13-year-old girl for sex online, not knowing it was actually a detective on the other side of the keyboard.

Officials said they posted an ad on Craigslist and an undercover detective "posed as a young girl online who had posted an ad to meet up."

Investigators said Richard Logsdon, 52, responded. Records show Logsdon continued the conversation after a detective told him he was a 13-year-old girl.

Police say Logsdon asked the girl for nude photos, sex and other requests too explicit to publish.

The online sex sting occurred in 2018, around the same time that Logsdon stopped working as an associate pastor at a church in Tampa.

He was arrested Wednesday on a charge of using a computer to seduce/solicit a child.

The church told WFTV Logsdon was never alone with children and that leaders were shocked when they learned about his recent arrest.

Logsdon was on probation after serving 13 years in prison for second-degree murder, WFTV reported.