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10/17/06-Jacksonville

Affidavit Shows Jacksonville Pastor Admits To Downloading Child Pornography

New information on the Jacksonville pastor accused of receiving and distributing child pornography.   A police report says Joshua Allen, 23 admits to dowloading child pornography.   The U.S. Attorney's Office says the criminal complaint affidavit is sealed until Allen's dentention hearing Thursday afternoon.    Even though it was to be sealed, KLTV did get some insight into what was in the affidavit. The Tyler Morning Telegraph was able to get a copy of the affidavit online, before it was sealed, and KLTV did confirm from the U.S. Attorney's Office, the information is correct.

The affidavit says on September 21st a search warrant was executed at Allen's home. The criminal complaint affidavit goes on to say "two laptops were found and Allen admitted they contained child pornography that he downloaded from the internet."

"It says 60 files were discovered containing pictures and videos of underage males and females. On the second laptop, more than 2,000 images of child pornography were discovered."  Members of the church told KLTV Allen was a very talented man, with a tremendous spirit. Allen was well liked by everyone in the church, members say, which is why the news of his arrest is so disturbing.    Also, Church members told KLTV Allen resigned as pastor on September 21st, the same day his home was searched. Allen told the church he wanted to resign because of moral failure in his personal life.

Allen was the pastor of the 200 member church for almost two years. Allen is scheduled to appear in federal court again Thursday afternoon. At that time, the judge will decide whether there is enough information to hold allen.

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com

 

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