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Memphis Pastor Charged With Possessing Child Porn

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Posted at 7:33 AM, Aug 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-08 04:43:25-04

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a Memphis pastor has been indicted on child pornography possession charges.

The U.S. attorney's office in Memphis says Demarcus Smith, a pastor at Oak Hill Missionary Baptist Church and a member of the Baptist Ministerial Association, coerced a male under the age of 18 to photograph himself engaging in sexually explicit conduct between August 2014 and May of this year.

Prosecutors say the 32-year-old Smith asked the minor to send him sexual images by cellphone on numerous occasions. He has been charged with coercion and solicitation of a minor, production of child pornography and receipt of child pornography.

Court records do not show if Smith has a lawyer to comment on his behalf.

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