“Character is doing the right thing when nobody’s looking. There are too many people who think that the only thing that’s right is to get by, and the only thing that’s wrong is to get caught.” J. C. Watts
Child pornography is just as bad as child molestation.
The reason for this is quite simple. Children are being molested and abused for the pleasure of those who view it. In other words, the watcher of these events is getting their jollies while watching the abuse of children. So do many others. The Wall Street Journal estimated that child porn is a $20 billion industry. The Good Men Project offers these stats from 2016.
20,000 NEW images each week. 100,000 plus websites
It also has a solid connection to human trafficking.
Warning: Graphic descriptors in the following two paragraphs. You may consider skipping this. What were Walthers’ crimes?
According to Law and Crime in Texas Pastor Caught with ‘BDSM’ and Bestiality-Themed Child Pornography Voluntarily Admitted He Has an Addiction, Feds Say
According to the affidavit, which Law&Crime is not sharing in this instance because of how detailed it is, the pastor had a “BDSM” folder containing an image of a nude boy with a collar on his neck and being sexually abused, a similar image of a female toddler, and images of nude young boys and girls being restrained by ropes and tools. A “Zoo” folder allegedly contained a bestiality video involving a dog and a female toddler “likely less than three years old.”
The feds allege that the defendant also downloaded several videos through BitTorrent showing young girls being sexually abused by adult men.
These images were of children and even animals being abused. It was worse than this because these were the only ones the Law and CDRime website was willing to post.
He was so immune to what he was doing that he downloaded these images to the church’s IP.
Authorities said they were able to trace the downloads to an IP address connected to the pastor’s church.
He is also charged with distributing porn but claims he didn’t know it.
The US Attorney’s Office in the West District of Texas released the following information. Walther faces up to 20 years in prison if the charges stick. According to FBI Arrests Round Rock Pastor for Child Pornography:
According to a criminal complaint filed in Austin federal court, David Lloyd Walther, 56, is accused of knowingly searching for, downloading, distributing and possessing child pornography. The criminal complaint alleges that Walther downloaded and made available child pornography using BitTorrent, a peer-to-peer file sharing network. At the time, Walther was pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Round Rock, Texas.
During a search of Walther’s home and vehicle, two large computer hard drives were located and found to contain child pornography.
Walther is charged with distribution, receipt, transportation and possession of child pornography. If convicted, Walther faces up to 20 years in prison
According to the Christian Post:
he did not know he was distributing child pornography.
I don’t buy it. I believe that he was an SBC pastor for years and used it as a cover for his real job as a child and animal pornography purveyor.
Walther “apologized” and claimed he had an addiction.
Given the fact that he hid two computer hard drives which contained child pornography. I’m not buying the apology or the “addiction.” He knew he was doing wrong, according to the Christian Post: Former Faith Baptist Church pastor faces up to 20 years in prison after child porn arrest
He also confessed that he would often go through cycles of “downloading and viewing pornography depicting both adults and minors” and would purge the content when he felt guilty about what he was doing, Law & Crime added.
Walther reportedly offered several apologies and made several admissions and claims during his interview with investigators, including that
There is a high likelihood of a plea deal which could lower the amount of time he spends in prison. I only wish they could throw the book at him. I wonder if he will go through “withdrawal from his addiction while in jail or if he will figure out clever ways to feed his habit.
In the meantime, churches should continually monitor their computer systems for porn. Never forget that Josh Duggar bypassed the monitoring service that supposedly prevented him from watching porn. I guess that many of these pedophiles know how to get around the monitoring services on the computer.
I fear we are only seeing the tip of the iceberg in the SBC.