Monday, September 29, 2008


Last week I reported on a Greenville pastor being arrested for possessing child pornography. There has been very little update. Amazingly that none of the big news companies have picked it up.

Here is the most recent story with additional information on the issues with the church that he was head of.

"The news hit hard for members of Richardson’s church, which will now begin the process of looking for new leadership.

The pews were full for a congregational meeting that was held on Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. District Superintendent Pat Beghtel-Mahle ran the meeting in which congregation members asked for answers to the charges and the direction the church would be taking going forward.

Beghtel-Mahle was unable to answer most of the questions from members regarding the specifics of the case. She said that she had been trying to get information from law enforcement officials, but that not much had been released.

“I know there will be more information coming out about his innocence or guilt, whichever that may be,” she said.

Faced with the question of how members should deal with questions raised by their children, Beghtel-Mahle suggested openness.

“I think you’ll have to answer your children’s questions as honestly as you can without giving away the whole wagon-load, but what we don’t want to do is keep secrets.”

Beghtel-Mahle said that at present Richardson was “suspended” from his position with the church. She stated that she was the acting pastor for the church, but that most of the day-to-day church operations would be handled by the church’s current associate pastor.

Richardson came to Royse City in August of 2006 following five years of service with the First United Methodist Church in Boyd."

Here is some more very scary details on the story. It mentions brand new homemade videos and pictures.

According to Roper’s statement, the investigation began in August 2007 when ICE Special Agents executed a search warrant in a child pornography investigation at the residence of an individual who consented to agents assuming his online presence to communicate with individuals involved in distributing child pornography.

On December 20, 2007, an ICE Special Agent, using that online identity in an undercover capacity said he communicated with and received an image of child pornography from Hello user “cowboysspades.” He received a total of six images from “cowboysspades,” one of which fits the definition of child pornography (the other images would be considered child erotica).

In a Sept. 26, 2007 ICE raid, special agents executed a search warrant on a private residence which resulted in the seizure of computers and arrest of an individual for possession of child pornography.

That individual advised that one of the screen names he remembered trading with on Google Hello was “cowboysspades” and that “cowboysspades” had sent him “homemade” images within the past three months.

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