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Minister pleads guilty to child pornography

Posted May 14, 2014 9:07 p.m. EDT

— A Pentecostal minister pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to receiving child pornography.

Timothy Jack Strickland, 42, of Mount Olive, was found in possession of child pornography after a Federal Bureau of Investigation task force officer discovered such files on his computer.

Approximately 11,000 images of child pornography were found after authorities seized a laptop, several hard drives and other media devices from his home.

Strickland, who is scheduled to be sentenced in August, could face up to 20 years in prison.