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FLORIDA: Parishioners devastated over priest arrested

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Rev Brian GeraldShriner, an Episcopal priest at the New Covenant Anglican Church, is accused of initiating ac onversation with a detective posing as a minor, he allegedly traveled to have sex with the person he thought was a minorSEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Sunday morning services went as planned at the New Covenant Anglican Church in Winter Springs, despite a cloud of suspicion surrounding one its leaders.

"We are devastated, we are deeply saddened," said Sheryl Shaw, Missions and Outreach Pastor of the church.

Brian Gerald Shriner, an Episcopal priest at the church is accused of initiating a conversation with a detective posing as a minor, he allegedly traveled from Winter Springs to have sex with the person he thought was a minor on Friday morning, instead he was met by deputies who arrested him.

"I think it's tragic, I think it's absolutely tragic, what's going on today is very scary," said Chris Phelps, a memberof the church.

Parishioners at New Covenant were stunned by the allegations surrounding Shriner Sunday morning.

"Even thought it wasn't within our church -- it terrifies everyone," Shaw said.

Shriner, a husband and father of two kids assisted in services as a priest and was also a teacher at The Geneva Christian School in Winter Park.

"I saw him in services on Sunday - we don't know what else is involved, so we're hoping that there is nobody that has been a victim," said Steven Lane, a church member.

We tried talking to Shriner at his Winter Springs home but no one answered, church leaders say Shriner is suspended from the church during this investigation, and even held a question and answer session after Sunday services to assure members of the safety measures within the church.

"We have a two adult rule, and adult is never alone with a kid, we have background checks, and even if you have a clean background check, you're never allowed alone with a kid on our property," said Shaw.

The Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida says Shriner has not been licensed by the Diocese since June of 2010, he was also terminated from employment at The Geneva School.