Illinois Pastor Charged With Distributing Child Pornography

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Tibbetts has been “released of all duties, pastoral or otherwise, at Resurrection Lutheran.”

According to the RiverBender, the US District Court Southern District of Illinois on Wednesday “announced a federal criminal complaint was filed late on Friday, June 19, 2020, against a Madison County pastor, Steven P. Tibbetts, 61, for one count of knowingly distributing child pornography in December 2019.”

The complaint said the investigation of Tibbetts began “in August 2019 when the photo-sharing website, Tumblr, provided a cyber tip line report about one of its user accounts to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). The account was searched by law enforcement and allegedly found to contain images and videos of nude minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct,” reported RiverBender.

“Investigators were allegedly able to trace the Tumblr and Twitter accounts back to Tibbetts’ home, where a federal search warrant was executed on June 18. An initial review of Tibbetts’ computer allegedly revealed the presence of additional child pornography images and videos, and agents subsequently arrested Tibbetts at his home without incident,” the report continued.

A trial date has not been set yet, according to the report, and the complaint is merely a formal charge against a defendant.

Read the full report here.

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