Former Texas Pastor Sentenced To More Than 24 Years For Child Exploitation

Courtesy Arlington Police Department

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Pastor Brett Monroe was arrested on charges relating to child pornography.

According to NBC Dallas Fortworth, Brett Jarad Monroe, a 39-year-old former associate pastor at Heritage Baptist Church in Arlington, was sentenced “to 293 months in federal prison for sexual exploitation of a child.”

  • “No child should ever have to endure the pain of sexual exploitation,” said Erin Nealy Cox, the US Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.

“The allegations in this case are particularly disturbing due to the defendant’s employment at the time of the offense as a pastor in a position of trust. The United States Attorney’s Office along with law enforcement partners will use every available tool to identify, arrest, and hold child predators accountable.”

  • Monroe was arrested in December 2019 by the Arlington Police Department “on one count of child pornography possession,” the report stated. “Monroe admitted to agents that he used his cellphone to create secret recordings of a minor female victim while she showered at his Arlington home.
  • An agent had testified that “Monroe admitted to sending, receiving, and trading child pornography online for years to fuel his pornography addiction. He also confessed to surreptitiously recording multiple other minor victims showering in his residence.”

Assistant US Attorney A. Saleem is prosecuting this case, and US District Judge Reed O’Connor handed down the sentence.

Read the full report here.

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