Sentencing set in pastor-child porn case

By The Associated Press

HERNANDO, Miss. (AP) — A Hernando pastor who pleaded guilty to child exploitation will be sentenced Oct. 13 in Panola County.

The Rev. Edward Earl Prince was arrested in 2010 and charged with possession of child pornography for using a computer at the public library to view and download child pornography.

Prince was indicted by a DeSoto County on one count of exploitation of a child in 2011.

District Attorney John Champion says Prince pleaded guilty June 18.

Prince was pastor at Oak Grove Baptist Church. Prince has been a pastor for more than 40 years.

Hernando police said the computers in the library have software to keep people from viewing inappropriate material.

However, investigators said Prince managed to get around the filters and firewalls.

Police also confiscated computers at Prince’s home and church.