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The Crime Of False Imprisonment And Child Safety

Law enforcement arrested a man, who served as a youth pastor at a local Florida church, for allegedly sexually abusing a female minor multiple times. The man is also accused of the false imprisonment of the same female victim and a young boy.

The 38-year-old man coerced the 16-year-old female to have a sexual relationship with him in March 2016. The abuse continued through March 2017.

According to police, during one of the sexual incidents that took place at the suspect's residence, a 15-year-old boy witnessed the abuse. When the perpetrator found out his conduct was discovered, he turned on the home alarm system so both minors could not leave the home.

The church where the accused had served as a youth pastor was closed in 2018. Police have been asking parents with children who attended services there and who are concerned about the possibility that their children have also been abused by the pastor, to contact the police immediately. Christian De La Rosa "Pembroke Pines youth pastor accused of sexually abusing minor, false imprisonment" www.local10.com (Apr. 25, 2019).

Commentary and Checklist
 

False imprisonment is a crime and a civil wrong. It can happen on the streets, in a moving vehicle, or, in the case of the victims in the source article, in a house. False imprisonment happens when a person who does not have legal authority restricts another person's ability to move freely without his or her consent.

When the accused set the alarm system to prevent the witness from leaving, he may have committed a crime.

All 50 states have false imprisonment laws. To prove a false imprisonment claim, these elements must be proven:

  • The detention was willful
  • The victim was detained without his or her consent, and
  • The detention was unlawful (as opposed to, for example, being detained by police lawfully under an arrest warrant).
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