OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla.,None — A self-proclaimed pastor from Osceola County met with a judge for the first time Monday afternoon. He was arrested for allegedly kidnapping a teenager from a Walmart and then performing a sexual act in front of him.
"For count five, I find probable cause," the judge said Monday afternoon.
In a holding cage by himself, 55-year-old Gordon Libby stood quietly as a judge found probable cause on all five charges against him and denied him bond.
Libby is charged with kidnapping a 14-year-old boy Friday evening, who was shopping with his adult sister. He allegedly threatened to stab the boy if he didn't follow him to his car.
From the Walmart, Libby is accused of driving the boy across the street to a Home Depot parking lot. Police say he tried touching the boy and performed a sexual act on himself before driving the boy back to the Walmart.
Investigators told WFTV the two didn't know each other before their encounter. Libby turned himself after seeing himself on the news.
"He said he was at the Walmart and gave a different story about what's going on," said Sgt Kirk Zilke, St. Cloud Police Department.
Two friends spoke up in court in Libby's defense. So did Adam Mullings.
"It's Gordon. He's Christian. I've known him for years and he's never come across to me like that," Mullings told WFTV.
Libby is a self-proclaimed pastor who operates a website called Pastors4u.com. His neighbor wasn't surprised by the news.
"Just the other day, a family came over with a kid and the parents left in their car and the kid left in his car. It was just strange," neighbor Louis Seich said.
WFTV checked and Libby has no criminal history. Police believe it was an isolated incident.
Libby remains in jail on a no bond status.
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