The pastor of a Texas church has been arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on criminal charges related to child pornography.
David Lloyd Walther, 56, allegedly knowingly sought, downloaded, distributed and possessed child pornography, according to a criminal complaint filed in Austin federal court. Walther was the pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Round Rock, Texas, at the time of his alleged crimes.
The complaint accuses Walther of downloading child pornography and making it available online through a file-sharing network called BitTorrent.
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Authorities searched Walther’s home and vehicle and discovered two large computer hard drives containing child pornography.
Walther was arrested Wednesday and charged with distribution, receipt, transportation and possession of child pornography. He could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
He appeared before a US Magistrate Judge in Austin on Thursday.
The FBI’s San Antonio Division’s Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force is investigating the case with assistance from the Round Rock Police Department, Williamson County Sheriff’s Office and the Children’s Advocacy Center. of Williamson County.
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The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a national initiative launched by the Department of Justice in 2006 to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.