Fort Lauderdale Community Outreach Leader Accused of Molesting Young Girls

Fort Lauderdale Community Outreach Leader Accused of Molesting Young Girls

Henry "Bud" Read III, an 84-year-old Fort Lauderdale community leader, is facing child molestation accusations, police say.

Read was arrested after the two young girls he allegedly fondled last November came forward.

The victims say this wasn't the only time Read did this.

Read was a board member of Faith Farms Ministries, which acted as a South Florida community outreach organization founded in the 1950s.

The organization helps in addiction recovery, with more than 400 men and women in the program. It also helps recovering addicts to find employment and, through donations, sometimes scholarships.

Read had recently resigned from Faith Farms, citing personal reasons.

Police have made it clear that there is no connection between what Read is accused of and Faith Farms Ministries, outside of his once being on the board.

Back in February, detectives interviewed the two victims after they came forward.

According to the arrest report, the girls told police Read had touched them under their clothes. The older of the two victims also told investigators this wasn't the first time Read had touched her.

Investigators have talked with other accusers who have declined to prosecute, Detective DeAnna Greenlaw said.

Read has been charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation on a child under 12.

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