Former pastor pleads guilty to child exploitation, porn

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — A former music pastor at a West Lafayette church has pleaded guilty to felony charges of child exploitation and possession of child pornography.

Craig Burden pleaded guilty to the charges Tuesday at a hearing in Tippecanoe County Superior Court. An additional charge of voyeurism was dropped as part of a plea agreement.

Burden is accused of making a video of a teenage girl sitting on the side of a bathtub in her underwear and having child pornography on his computer.

The Lafayette Journal and Courier reports that the 29-year-old was arrested July 29 and was terminated as minister of the Calvary Baptist Church after it learned of the investigation.

Burden is being held without bond at the Tippecanoe County Jail. He’s scheduled for sentencing Jan. 27.

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