March 18, 2011 – Texas – A youth worker at a Benbrook church has been charged with distribution of child pornography, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, James T. Jacks, announced today.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey L. Cureton this morning ordered Derek M. Ripley, 27, of Fort Worth detained pending further court proceedings. Ripley has been in custody since his arrest last Thursday.
According to testimony at a detention hearing this morning as well as information contained in an affidavit, Ripley volunteered his time working with the youth at Trinity Chapel Church in Benbrook. Last November, an undercover FBI agent used a computer to discover several files filled with images of child pornography. Further investigation revealed that the person connected to those files was Ripley.
If convicted, Ripley faces a statutory sentence of five to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and a lifetime of supervised release, officials said.