Date: November 2, 2001 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact: Michal Shanley, (863) 534-6631 or 819-0397 pager

Man Arrested for Sexual Battery on a Child

Following an investigation by the Polk County Sheriff's Office SAFE (Sexual Abuse and Family Exploitation) Unit, a 41-year-old former Lakeland man was arrested late Wednesday night (Oct. 31, 2001) in the Orlando area for sexual battery against a child.

Derrick Moseley, DOB 8/20/60, formerly of Lakeland, was arrested in Orange County and charged with two counts Sexual Battery on a child in his custody. Moseley left the Lakeland area approximately two months ago. Detectives tracked him down to a motel/apartment complex located at 1951 West Central Florida Parkway Room 116 in Orlando, where he was arrested late Wednesday night.

In May of 2000, Moseley was the head of a Children's Advocacy Group (MAD DADS) in Lakeland, and was pastor of a "home church" that operated out of his home located at 1050 Canal Street in Lakeland.  According to detectives, Moseley focused his ministry on children and often held sleepovers for children at his home/church.  During one of these sleepovers in the summer of 2000, the suspect sexually battered a 13-year-old female victim. 

Later that summer, Moseley moved in with a friend at a residence located at 1234 Reynolds Road in Lakeland . The "home church" activities and sleepovers continued at this new residence. Detectives determined that Moseley again sexually battered the 13-year-old female in September of 2000. The victim became pregnant, and  DNA evidence has proven that Moseley is the father of the child.

Anyone who may have any additional information about this case or any other possible sexual battery cases involving the suspect is asked to call the Polk County Sheriff's Office at 533-0444.


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