Cary youth minister charged with sexual exploitation of a minor after photos found

North Carolina
David Nathan Kimball Mugshot

Disturbing details are emerging against a Wake County church youth minister jailed on child sex charges, as the church congregation is shocked at the allegations.

Members of the congregation at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Cary say they’re sad and angry after hearing that a man they trusted with their children is charged with four felony counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

David Nathan Kimball had no prior criminal record and wasn’t on the radar of Cary police until they received a tip from a national counterpart.

“Microsoft alerted the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that they had located an image on a peer to peer file sharing network,” said Cary Police Capt. John Szymeczek.

According to arrest warrants Kimball had multiple images of children between the ages of 4 and 11 posed in a sexually explicit manner and performing sexually explicit acts.

“Is it clear if he downloaded these pictures or did he take them?” asked WNCN’s Holden Kurwicki.

“At this point we just know he had them,” said Szymeczek. “We’re not sure of the origin. That will be part of the ongoing investigation.”

WNCN has learned that Kimball was a part-time photographer in the area, but Szymeczek says at this point no victims have come forward.

“Given the nature of these sorts of crimes they could be anywhere in the metropolitan area,” said Szymeczek. “Contact your local law enforcement agency if you have any reason to believe that your children were a victim.”

In the meantime, Szymeczek says there’s one step every parent should take to protect their kids.

“Always, always, always monitor your children’s activity on the internet,” said Szymeczek. “Always put it in a public space in the home. All of the safe internet tips should be followed because they’re there for a reason.”

Kimball is being held in the Wake County Jail on a $30,000 bond.

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