A pastor in New Haven has been charged in six cases of sexual assault involving one minor, according to police.
Walter Williams, 59, of Northford, is believed to have as many as six sexual encounters with the girl between July 2015 and April 2016, police said.
Williams is pastor of the Walk of Faith Church of Christ on Fairmont Avenue in New Haven.
Police said they began investigating when the mother learned of the relationship between her daughter and Williams. The mother read messages on her daughter's phone.
The victim told police the details of the encounters.
The first happened before a relative's birthday party at Williams' home. The second happened about a month later at Williams' private office in New Haven.
The third and fourth happened on rent collection errands at one of Williams' properties. The fifth happened at Williams home and the sixth occurred at the church.
This past June, police said the mother saw a disturbing Facebook message from Williams to her daughter. When she confronted her daughter about it, the daughter was forthcoming about the relationship.
Williams was interviewed by detectives on July 7. They said he admitted to "five or six" sexual encounters with the victim, during which touching and intercourse took place.
Williams told police it was consensual.
Williams was arrested on Monday, according to police.
He was charged with fourth-degree sexual assault, five counts of second-degree sexual assault and three counts of risk of injury to a minor.
He was held Monday night on a $250,000 bond and arraigned on Tuesday morning.
As part of his release, the judge issued a protective order for the victim, and he's not to have any unsupervised contact with minors.
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