Former Pentecostal minister going to prison for child pornography

09/04/2014 6:03 PM

09/05/2014 5:28 AM

A former Pentecostal minister from Mount Olive was sentenced to more than 12 years in federal prison on Thursday for receiving child pornography.

Timothy Jack Strickland, 42, pleaded guilty in May to receipt of child pornography.

Strickland was a minister at Jones Grove Pentecostal Church in Mount Olive when an FBI task force officer engaged in an online chat with him during a training exercise, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Raleigh. During the chat, the agent noticed that Strickland’s directory contained child pornography files, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Agents later searched Strickland’s home, where they found a laptop, several hard drives and other devices that contained more than 124,000 images of child pornography, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Federal judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced Strickland to 151 months in prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release.

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