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 Texas Church Music Minister Guilty of Child Pornography

April 22, 2011  ¤  Crimes against Children, Sex Crime & Sexual Predators  ¤  Comment

Former North Texas Church Music Minister sentenced to 5 years in Federal Prison following his Guilty Plea to Child Pornography Charges

A former church music minister was sentenced on Wednesday to five years in federal prison, following his guilty plea in February 2010 to a two-count indictment charging felony child pornography offenses.

The sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas. The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

Until shortly before his arrest in late November 2009, David Ray Gray, 61, was the Music Minister at the Mt. Olive Baptist Church near his residence in Scurry, Texas. On April 20, U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade also ordered that Gray serve a 10-year term of supervised release following his incarceration. He must surrender to the Bureau of Prisons on May 24.

Gray pleaded guilty to Count 1 of the indictment charging receipt and attempted receipt of child pornography, and Count 2 of the indictment charging possession of child pornography.

According to documents filed, on Sept. 11, 2009, Gray downloaded an image of child pornography from the Internet; and on Nov. 3, 2009, he possessed more than three visual depictions, including video files and still images, of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

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