FBI arrests church music ministry leader on porn charges
Aug. 24, 2018
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The FBI and Eugene police have arrested the music ministry leader at Christ Fellowship Church on federal child pornography charges.
Authorities said Friday that long-time church member 38-year-old Edward Samuel Thompson was arrested at his Eugene home without incident and booked in a Springfield jail.
His attorney, federal public defender Mark Weintraub, did not immediately return a call seeking comment Friday.
Court documents show that an FBI agent tracked downloads of multiple pornographic videos featuring children as young as 2 to Thompson's IP address.
During the execution of a search warrant, agents did not find the videos on Thompson's computer but found evidence that he had downloaded them.
Court documents say he admitted to downloading and watching the videos and then deleting them after several days.