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Pastor addicted to child pornography to be sentenced

4:58 AM, Jun 21, 2012   |    comments
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A southwest Missouri minister who told investigators he was addicted to pornography faces up to 10 years in prison for downloading child porn.

Fifty-year-old Michael Alan Crippen was scheduled for sentencing Thursday in U.S. District Court in Springfield. He pleaded guilty last July to one count of possessing child pornography.

Crippen was pastor of First Baptist Church in Duenweg (DUHN'-uh-wehg) when he was charged in October 2010. He was identified during an investigation by Dutch police into a child porn website in The Netherlands.

Crippen told investigators he had been viewing images of adult and child porn on the Internet for several years, usually in the morning before going to work at the church. Prosecutors say at least 100 images of child pornography were found on his computer.

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