Youth Pastor Accused of Hiding a Camera in a Church Bathroom Is Charged with Possession of Child Pornography
A Florida youth pastor has been charged with possession of child pornography after he was previously arrested for hiding a camera in a church bathroom.
According to The Christian Post, David Patrick Nims, a youth pastor at Calvary Baptist Church of Pensacola, was arrested for hiding the camera in a church bathroom. The Escambia County Sheriff's Office has since announced that Nims would be charged with possession of child pornography for images found at his home.
Police found more than 100 files of child pornography at his home in Florida.
"None of those child victims appear to have a local connection and were not videotaped by Nims himself. The files appear to have been downloaded off the internet," the Sheriff's Office said.
"ECSO Special Victims Unit Investigators are still working on this case, analyzing additional digital files. More charges could be added."
According to an arrest report, a teenage boy found the hidden camera in the men's bathroom at Calvary Baptist Church. The teenager said the camera faced "toward the toilet he was sitting on."
Witnesses identified Nims as the man in the video on the camera as he retrieved the hidden device from the bathroom.
"All of them state it appeared Nims was installing the camera and was wearing the same clothes in the video that they saw him wearing at church that day," continued the report.
Calvary Baptist Church Pastor Walt Magaha said he was "grieved and saddened" by the allegations.
"We are cooperating fully with law enforcement as they conduct their ongoing investigation and stand ready to provide care and ministry toward those involved and/or affected as information is shared with us, if it shared," Magaha said.
In his initial arrest, Nims was charged with one count of "video voyeurism by a person 18 or older, who is responsible for the welfare of a child younger than 16."
Anyone that believes they may be a victim of Nims or that knows someone that may be a victim is asked to call the Escambia County Sheriff's Office.
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