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Lakeland deacon accused of molesting girl, 14

A deacon at a Lakeland church faces two counts of lewd molestation after police said he inappropriately touched a 14-year-old girl. Melvin Risher, 59, a deacon at the Harmony Missionary Baptist Church, was being held at the Polk County jail. The girl and her mother contacted police March 17 and said Risher inappropriately touched the girl, investigators said. Police said Risher met the girl and her family at the church.
Risher was interviewed by police March 28, and following an investigation, a warrant was issued for his arrest. Risher was taken into custody without incident on Monday, police said.
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