Children's director at St. Charles church resigns amidst child porn investigation

3:19 PM, Jun 22, 2009   |    comments
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By Sharon Stevens

KSDK -- A man who headed a church program for children resigns after questions were raised about child pornography.

No arrests have been made, but the St. Charles County Cyber Crimes unit is reportedly looking into the situation.

The man under the microscope worked as the director of Children's Programs for the First Baptist Church of St. Charles.

Church officials stress that First Baptist is not under investigation and that no children in the church are involved.

The sheriff's department won't even admit to an investigation.

But Pastor David  Sheppard says on Friday, members of the Cyber Unit confiscated the subject's work computer from the church and earlier executed a search warrant on the man's house, also taking his home computer.

The man has resigned and Dr. Sheppard spoke about what happened at both Sunday sermons. "It's obviously devastating because we were not expecting this," said Sheppard. "We are in Vacation Bible School this week... I had to turn around and drive back 300 miles to deal with this.. our staff met and we have been workign for the last couple of days to pull together the pieces," he added.

Dr. Sheppard says the man's family are members of the church adding, officials are counseling them and trying to help them through a difficult time.

It could be several months before the Cyber Crimes Unit makes any report.

Dr. Sheppard stressed too that the church did a background on check on the man and there was no criminal history.


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