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Mount Olive minister pleads guilty to child pornography charge

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MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. - A Mount Olive minister has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges.

42-year-old Timothy Jack Strickland made the plea in federal court on Wednesday.

Prosecutors say Strickland engaged in a chat in March 2013 with a FBI Task Force Officer who observed a directory of child pornography files. A search warrant later executed at the Pentecostal minister’s home turned up a laptop, several hard drives and other media devices that stored about 11,000 images of child pornography.

Strickland faces up to 20 years imprisonment in August 2014. If it’s determined that he has had prior convictions related to sexual abuse, abusive sexual conduct with a minor, or an offense related to child pornography or sex trafficking of children, he faces up to 40 years imprisonment.

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A Mount Olive man is under arrest after police seized numerous items indicating sexual exploitation of minors.

Mt. Olive Police Department with assistance of the Wayne County Sheriff Office, Duplin County Sheriff Office and the FBI arrested Timothy Jack Strickland, 41, of Mount Olive on 10 counts of 2nd degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

The arrest was made after a federally issued search warrant was issued on Strickland's residence in Mount Olive. During the search officers discovered and seized numerous items indicating sexual exploitation of a minor to be tested later by the FBI.

Strickland was taken before a Magistrate where he was placed under a $50,000.00 secured bond.

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