Virginia Pastor Who Works With Children Is Under Arrest For Possession of Child Porn

Virginia minister Christopher Alan Hogge is the director of social services for the city of Franklin, and the pastor at Battery Park Baptist Church in Smithfield. He works with children in both jobs, which is why this is doubly disturbing:

48-year-old Christopher Alan Hogge was arrested Monday on eight counts of distribution of child pornography. Investigators received a cyber tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that an Internet account in Isle of Wight County had accessed a social-media account where child pornography was stored.

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[Sherrif Tommy] Potter says Hogge was downloading the pornography and distributing it to other people.

The local CBS TV affiliate reports that

Investigators searched both his Smithfield home and his church next door. They said they found more than 3,000 pornographic videos and photos and that at least eight of them depict minors.

Remarked a neighbor, Daniel Carr:

“To see a man in a leadership [job] that gives counsel and guidance to the people in my community, it’s sad and makes me not want to trust people.”

The good pastor is being held without bond.

Even accounting for confirmation bias, and even if we only look at the perps who are caught, it’s clear that sex crimes, including possession of child pornography and the sexual assault of minors, are daily occurrences among American clergy. You have to wonder why so many conservative Christian leaders choose ongoing, deafening silence on that topic.

Meanwhile, they do deliver fact-free philippics about how children are at risk from transgender people in Target bathrooms.

Seems to me that if the goal is to protect kids, it would be best to keep the little ones far away from church.

(via Progressive Secular Humanist; photo via WTVR.com)

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