DENTON COUNTY, Texas — Jeffrey Dale Williams, the senior pastor at The Church of Corinth, has been accused of trying to persuade a girl under 18 to take her clothes off.
He was jailed on charges of "attempted sexual performance of a child." Bond was set at $10,000.
Police said the alleged incident was captured on a two-hour audiotape.
"He tried to entice her to take her clothes off so he could see her naked body," said Corinth police Capt. Greg Wilkerson.
Police said the complaint came in from a social worker at the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services on April 3, four days after the alleged act.
It's unclear at this point if the victim went to the church. But the victim did later corroborate the audio tape and the incident.
"Man that's just scary," said Melissa Lain, who went to the church on rare occasions.
Wednesday night is when Church of Corinth holds a children's service. Pastor Williams would not have been there for that; the youth pastor runs the service.
The church was not making any comments as of Wednesday night.
"I'm just flabbergasted!" said a church member who identified himself only as James. "There's something totally strange here."
Members tell News 8 that Williams has been pastor at the church for several years.
"There may be an additional victim out there," Wilkerson said. "We're trying to contact her now."
Williams was being held at the Denton County Jail.