A Park City pastor is behind bars tonight on charges that he traded child pornography on the Internet.
The FBI said that on Oct. 4, 2006, agents searched the parsonage of the Methodist church in Park City, Ky. That’s the home of Reverend David Meadows. They say they found various pornographic images, some being of children younger than 10 years old.
Residents of the small town of Park City said word spread quickly of Brother David Meadows’ arrest. We had a chance to speak to one of his close friends in Park City, Beverly Goodwin.
Her shock and surprise echoed the sentiments of the entire town. She says she was so surprised she felt like someone had punched her in the stomach. Now she’s ready to help her friend.
Goodwin says she’s known Brother David Meadows for around seven years. “He’s like my brother, close as a brother, invited to my home, we’ve gone on trips together,” Goodwin explains.
Beverly said when she first heard something happened to her friend, she never imagined that he had been arrested for possession of child pornography.
Goodwin describes how she felt when she found out the news: “Like someone had punched me in the stomach, pretty hard to believe.”
An affidavit from the FBI says agents searched Meadows residence and found pornographic images which appeared to have been printed from a personal computer. The special agent said eight of the photos were of children.
The FBI also found several discs with images of young children in various sexual situations in a nightstand, and additional pictures stored on Pastor Meadows’ computer.
The FBI said they were led to Meadows as the result of a nationwide investigation by the Agency’s Innocent Images Unit. They said he was using special software that allowed him to exchange pornographic images with other computers around the country.
Beverly said she doesn’t believe her friend could have done any of this. “Crap can get into computers that you don’t know how it got there and, like I said, he’s had other people living in his house using the computer.”
The affidavit says the special agent was told that Brother Meadows lived alone and was the only one with access to the computer.
However Beverly said she’s reserved judgment until she can talk to her friend. “I really think that when all of the facts come out in this, you’re going to find out he’s not guilty of this,” Goodwin expressed.
The Kentucky Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church said Pastor Meadows has been relieved of all church duties.
He’s currently lodged in the Warren County Regional Jail. Meadows appeared in court in Owensboro, Ky., on Oct. 6, 2006. His next court appearance is Oct. 11, 2006 at 10:30 a.m. in US District Court in Bowling Green, Ky.
Click here to view the criminal complaint and affidavit for this case. We warn you though, some of the information in the affidavit is extremely graphic.
And click here to view the press release concerning this case.