JACKSONVILLE, FL – In June, 2021, the Special Assault Unit of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into the report of numerous sex crimes against a child. During the course of the investigation, the suspect was identified and interviewed. On Thursday, July 8, 2021, Jeffrey Lawrence Bedwell (White/Male 38) was arrested for Lewd/Lascivious Battery and Lewd/Lascivious Molestation on a child. At the time the suspect was committing these crimes, he was employed as a pastor at multiple area churches.
The possibility exists that there may be people with information about additional crimes. We would ask that anyone having additional information related to this case or the listed suspect, contact the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office at 904-630-0500 or JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org.
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