Hernando pastor charged with child pornography

Published: Apr. 4, 2011 at 9:29 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 4, 2011 at 9:54 PM CDT
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(WMC-TV) - A Mid-South pastor has been charged with possession of child pornography after he was found surfing on a library computer.

Hernando police said the computers in the library have software to keep people from viewing inappropriate material. However, investigators said the Hernando pastor managed to get around the filters and firewalls.

Edward Prince, 63, is the pastor at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Hernando, Mississippi. He is being charged with possession of child pornography after staff at the Hernando Public Library told police Prince was viewing inappropriate images on one of the computers.

"What was initially seen was not pornography," said DeSoto County District Attorney John Champion. "It was inappropriate according to the people that saw it."

Champion said Hernando police confiscated the computer based on a hunch.

"It's one of those sixth senses that you have," said Champion.  "If he's doing that, he's probably doing something else as well."

Police found that Prince had downloaded and viewed child pornography on the computer in the public library.

"When you have that type of addiction, sense of sanity, sense of reason, tend to go away," said Champion.

The illegal downloads were tied to his computer login.

"You have to register and that's one of the ways we were able to determine what belong to him," said Champion.

Police also confiscated computers at Prince's home and church.

"I don't believe there's going to be anything else, but we're going to leave no stone unturned," said Champion.

The District Attorney added that the investigation also included children that Prince had access to.

"We do not have any reason to believe that he's touched any children, done anything inappropriate with any children," said Champion, "but its certainly that's something we'll continue to look at."

Prince's bond is set at $60,000. He is due in court on Wednesday at 1:00pm.

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