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Ex-NM youth minister gets prison for child porn

November 12, 2013 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N. M. (AP) — A former Albuquerque youth minister who authorities say downloaded thousands of images of child pornography has been sentenced to more than eight years in federal prison.

Prosecutors say 35-year-old Derek M. Schwartzrock was sentenced to a 97-month prison term Tuesday.

He pleaded guilty in July to one count of receiving child porn through a computer as part of a deal with prosecutors to reduce his sentence.

Prosecutors say Schwartzrock originally faced up to 20 years in prison.

Schwartzrock was arrested in April after federal investigators said they found more than 12,000 images of child pornography on his computer and other electronic equipment.

Schwartzrock was the children’s minister at Evangel Christian Center in Albuquerque. He was fired after church officials learned of the allegations.

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