March 30, 2005

Apex Youth Minister Charged With Exploiting Minor


Raleigh, NC -- A youth minister is being held in jail after authorities accused him of sending pornographic pictures by e-mail to a 16-year-old in Illinois.

Jeffrey Morgan Smith of Apex is charged with nine counts of second-degree exploitation of a minor and one of third-degree exploitation. He's being held under a million dollars bail.

Apex police say arrest warrants accuse Smith of sending pornographic photos of boys to the teenager, who lives in Rockford, Illinois. Investigators don't believe he took or created the photos. Warrants also say Smith had a pornographic picture of the Illinois youth.

Smith worked as a pastor for youth and family at Peace Presbyterian Church in Cary, which church officials say is a parish of the Presbyterian Church in America.

Posted by kshaw at March 30, 2005 07:58 AM