Church’s audio-visual man arrested for Kiddie Porn in Church

Can this happen in your church?

Here is a danger that often we do not think about as the security team. What can the churches computers be used for? In this case, the media manager for the church was allegedly using the church computer to swap child porn images with others.  If you have computers and internet access at your facility,  you must consider adding serious internet filters to prohibit accessing these types of sites and images. There are a number of commercial programs to block these sites. We need to consider recommending that the church management implement one of these filters to reduce the temptation that exists here. Additionally the bad publicity that is incurred will follow a church for a long time.

The Story from the Cincinnati paper is below:

FBI says he used computers to transmit child pornography

A Hamilton man was arrested Wednesday on charges of using a computer from his church to view and distribute child pornography.

Albert Jefferson Stone, 28, is accused of using the Internet to share explicit photos with others, including at least two FBI agents who say they traced his computer to the Assembly of God Church in Hamilton.

Stone, who runs the audio-visual system for the church, could face five to 25 years in prison if he is convicted of the federal charges.

A federal criminal complaint filed against Stone this week states that he admitted using the Limewire file trading system to swap pornographic images via the Internet.

According to the complaint, Stone told an FBI agent last week that he viewed explicit images of children on both his personal computer and a computer from the church.

“I have probably looked at things on my computer that I shouldn’t have,” Stone said, according to the FBI. “I don’t know how to explain it to you … It’s the Catholic girl plaid skirt thing.”

Stone’s Internet activities caught the eye of FBI agents in New Orleans and Houston in February while they conducted investigations into child pornography, the complaint states.

The agents downloaded explicit images and then traced them to a computer owned by the Assembly of God church at 1940 Elkton Road in Hamilton.

FBI agents in Cincinnati followed up by interviewing Stone, who initially denied using church computers to search for child pornography.

The complaint states that Stone admitted storing and distributing the pornography after an agent confronted him with a list of the files found on the computer.

Stone was in federal custody late Wednesday and church officials could not be reached for comment.

FBI officials would not discuss the case, but a spokesman said Butler County law enforcement assisted in Stone’s arrest Wednesday. His case is in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati.

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