Texas Pastor Charged with Baby Rape Child Pornography and Welsh Vicar Sentenced on Child Pornography Charges

Pastor Steve Richardson, 36, of Royse City, Texas was arrested on federal charges of trading images of infants and young children being sexually abused on his church computer. Richardson has been a pastor and youth pastor in the Dallas area for over five years.

Despite the fact that there is a proven nearly 1-to-1 correlation between viewing child pornography and contact sex crimes against children, and that child pornography offenders often have dozens of victims before being caught, and that Richardson betrayed the trust of parishoners by using his sacred position to gain power and access over both adults and children, on Thursday family, friends, and church members showed up in court to support him. None appeared to support the thousands of American children grievously and permanently harmed in the production, trade and use of those images.

Meanwhile, Richard Hart, 59, a vicar in Wales, was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail for possessing a collection of child sexual abuse images of children as young as four.

Sep, 24, 2008

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