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Former Mount Olive minister sentenced on child porn charges

Posted September 4

Timothy Jack Strickland

— A former Mount Olive minister was sentenced in federal court Thursday to more than 12 years in prison after pleading guilty earlier this year to child pornography charges.

Timothy Jack Strickland, who was a minister at Jones Grove Pentecostal Church, was ordered to serve 151 months in prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, according to U.S. Attorney Thomas G. Walker.

Investigators said an FBI agent was in training when he began an online chat with Strickland in March 2013. During the chat, the agent saw child pornography files in the directory of Strickland’s computer. Agents obtained a search warrant and seized Strickland’s laptop and other media devices from his home.

Investigators said they found about 125,000 images of child pornography in the computer files.
 

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  • stymieindurham Sep 5, 11:05 a.m.

    How could a minister end up being so sick?
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    There are MANY people out there calling themselves "minister" or "reverend" when
    they are only using the "cloth" as a tax shelter.

  • silverballwiz Sep 5, 10:31 a.m.

    How could anyone be sexually attracted to a child?? There is most definitely places for people who abuse children and also there is a place for people who make their children lie about it. See this falseconvictions.com site for details. It saddens me to hear stories of child abuse, and it just breaks my heart. I would like to see laws pass to protect children from abuse. I will never give up until every child is safe.

  • twinki6720 Sep 5, 9:06 a.m.

    Please, please explain to me how a grown adult could even be sexually attracted to a child ? There is a special place for this man !!!!!

  • Lightfoot3 Sep 5, 9:02 a.m.

    "How could a minister end up being so sick?" - jwsawyer

    Sadly, minister is just a job title instead of a philosophy.

  • lavenderdejectedmoon Sep 5, 8:48 a.m.

    Minister with child porn? Not surprised at all.

  • jwsawyer Sep 5, 8:17 a.m.

    How could a minister end up being so sick?