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14
Feb
2011
Man accused of sex attacks on missionary kids in Africa

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An Oviedo man with past ties to church missions in Africa was arrested by the FBI on child pornography charges. The arrest of Samuel Shamba Warlick, 39, comes three months after the Presbyterian Church (USA) published a report unrelated to the FBI case accusing Warlick of sexually abusing children at a housing facility for missionary families in the Congo in the late 1980's. The church’s report details inquiries into sexual abuse claims that occurred on 10 Presbyterian mission fields, spanning a 40-year period. He faces charges of possessing and distributing child pornography, and could be sentenced to 30 years in prison if convicted.

When agents searched his home, Warlick told them he has possessed child pornography for the past 10 years, and that he prefers boys who are between 13 and 16 years old. He also admitted to posing online as a 16-yr-old boy, with the goal of persuading boys to send him nude photos of themselves. The nearly 600-page report by the church said that Warlick had participated in activities or was employed by various Presbyterian churches in various states. The report also said that he had ties to a Boy Scout troop in Orlando. The church’s report details inquiries into sexual abuse claims that occurred on 10 Presbyterian mission fields, spanning a 40-year period. The report said Warlick abused children who were sleeping, and his victims were younger, smaller and less able to resist.