Duenweg, Mo. pastor charged with child porn

by Kathryn Wall

Springfield News-Leader

October 26, 2010

A pastor in Duenweg, Mo. has been charged in federal court with receiving child pornography over the Internet.

Michael Alan Crippen, 51, is accused of having more than 100 images of child pornography on his computer after Dutch authorities contacted federal agents, according to a news release from the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri.

The Dutch National Police and Europol had been conducting a child pornography investigation when they allegedly came across Crippen’s computer as one that downloaded child pornography from a Dutch website, according to the news release.

Crippen is in federal custody and will remain so until Friday, when federal authorities will ask that he remain detained as a danger to society.

Crippen is the pastor at First Baptist Church in Duenweg.