September 22, 2012 – Church Security 360 Degrees, LLC and Watchman Security Consulting Ministries received notification from the law office of Robert A. Blackwell of Pascagoula, Mississippi that the Jackson Country Grand Jury had dismissed charges against Mr. Brown of child exploitation. According to the letter received dated October 22, 2012, from the law office of Robert A Blackwell representing Mr. Brown, no illegal images or videos were found on Mr. Brown’s computer. Please join the employees of Church Security 360 Degrees, LLC in praying for Mr. Stephen Brown as he recovers from the pain and embarrassment of this ordeal.
Aug 3, 2011 –
An Edenton children minister has been charged with internet sex crimes involving children.
Jonathan Rose was arrested Monday by the S.B.I. and the North Carolina Internet Crimes against Children Task Force.
Cumberland County deputies say the 35-year-old Rose engaged in illegal conversations with children via his computer.
Deputies say they had been looking for him for a couple of weeks, and on Monday went to his Dakota Trail home in Edenton and found out he was taking children from his church to a camp in Black Mountain, which is in the western part of the state. Rose was arrested as he stepped off the bus at the Ridgecrest Boys Camp.
Cumberland County deputies say Rose is a minister at Rocky Hock Baptist Church in Edenton. He’s been charged with solicitation of child by computer to commit unlawful sex acts and is being held on a $50,000 bond.
Senior Pastor Dr. James Horton of the church says he called a meeting with his congregation Tuesday night about the charges filled against Rose who has been with the church three years. Horton says, “It’s just an absolute shock to us. We just don’t know what to think or to make of it. Like I say we don’t know the content of it or what the accusations entail or exactly what happened so were just waiting to find out.”
Horton says rose has a wife and four children all under the age of 12 and came to their Edenton church from the Raleigh area with a good background.
The church’s web site says Pastor Jonathan Rose is their music and children minister.
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.