Kentucky pastor uses Facebook to solicit and distribute child porn

Jerry Cannon, Source: Boone County Jail
Jerry Cannon, Source: Boone County Jail

CRITTENDEN, KY (FOX19) - The FBI has arrested and charged a Kentucky church pastor with posting child pornography on 13 different, false Facebook profiles.

The Facebook account belongs to Jerry Cannon, 62, a pastor of God's House Church in Dry Ridge, Kentucky. Cannon's profile information lists his hometown as Mobile, Alabama and the account has pictures of various houses on Government Street and Dauphin Street in Mobile, Alabama.

According to court documents, a private citizen contacted the Fairhope Police Department in Alabama concerning child pornography that was posted on Facebook. The private citizen provided information on a Fairhope citizen that had posted images of child pornography.  After further investigation, more child pornography was found on various Facebook accounts. One of these accounts was for "Terry Lewis," which was one of the accounts created by Cannon.

"That's pretty stupid. You've got to watch what you say anytime in town but especially on a computer. That is just like telling on yourself," said Tim beavers, a resident of Dry Ridge.

The fake account "Terry Lewis" was found to have more than 600 images of child pornography, including prepubescent girls with their genitals exposed. It also had multiple videos of child pornography, including adults performing sex acts on young girls. The FBI investigation states that Cannon expressed an interest in pictures of girls ranging from 10 to 16 years old.

On multiple occasions, Facebook disabled the account. According to the court documents, the Southern District of Alabama has jurisdiction over this matter. The solicitation and distribution of child pornography originated in Kentucky, but were transmitted via the internet through Facebook servers in California, Virginia, and ultimately being received in Mobile, Alabama.

Cannon is being held in the Boone County Jail and is awaiting transfer to Alabama.

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