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  • Former youth pastor indicted on child porn charge

  • A Blue Springs man who once worked as a youth pastor in Independence was indicted by a federal grand jury on child pornography charges Wednesday.

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  • A Blue Springs man who once worked as a youth pastor in Independence was indicted by a federal grand jury on child pornography charges Wednesday.
    Dennis W. Myers, 52, who lives in Blue Springs, was charged with three counts of child pornography. Myers once worked as a youth pastor at Christ United Methodist Church in Independence before working in the same position at a church in Arkansas.
    The indictment alleges that Myers viewed child pornography online between April 1 and Sept. 16, 2011. He is also charged with receiving a video of child pornography over the Internet and one count of possessing child pornography.
    Myers was charged by the Jackson County prosecutor’s office in September 2011 with statutory sodomy, attempted enticement of a child, first-degree child molestation and child pornography charges, as well as two charges of sexual misconduct involving a child. His next hearing in that case is scheduled for Jan. 11 in Independence. His trial is scheduled to begin Jan. 28. He is being held at the Jackson County Detention Center in Kansas City on $250,000 bond.
    According to court documents in the Jackson County case, Myers got the two girls intoxicated and offered them $100 to have sex with each other before taking nude photographs of them. The alleged crimes occurred in Jackson County.
    Police learned of Myers after responding to a disturbance in Blue Springs, where a parent complained about an incident involving Myers. After further questioning, police served a search warrant on Myers in September 2011. They seized a computer, on which they discovered child pornography.
    Court documents show that Myers was arrested 14 years ago in Springdale, Ark., for giving alcohol to a young girl, fondling her and taking nude pictures of her.
    The current case, brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a U.S. Department of Justice initiative to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse, was investigated by the Blue Springs Police Department.
     

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