Wednesday, August 25, 2021
A judge slapped a Texas church pastor with a 30-year prison sentence for secretly filming children " some as young as 11 " while they undressed, the New York Daily News reports. David Pettigrew, along with co-defendant Chad Rider, set up multiple hidden cameras disguising them as "hooks, clocks, charging blocks, a smoke detector, a picture frame, an air conditioner adapter and even a pen." The covert recording of children took place at Denison Church of the Nazarene in Grayson County. When Pettigrew tried to upload the footage to the internet, two websites and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children alerted the authorities. "The deviant behavior of any individual that occupies a position or role of public trust, especially one that betrays that trust, is unforgivable and repulsive," Dallas Homeland Security special agent Ryan Spradlin said in a statement.
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