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Pastor sentenced to prison in child porn case

Monday, April 20th, 2015. BMG: Proclaimed Pastor Edgar Gerardo Lopez, has been remanded to prison for the crime of child pornography.

60 years old Lopez, a resident of Black-water Creek in Trial Farm village in Orange Walk will spend his first night 898965_10153295592606350_1372021358_oat Central Prison after appearing this morning, in court to be formally arraigned for child pornography.

On Friday, police visited Lopez’s residence in Trial Farm to conduct an investigation after the principal of the Trial farm Government School informed the police that the ten year old child was not attending classes. Upon their investigation at the Lopez’s residence, police obtained documents that revealed images of Child Pornography of two minors from a concerned resident of the area. Police found a cellular phone, being the property of Gerardo Lopez, and in the phone police discovered the same nude pictures of the two female minors plus the nude picture of a woman.

Today when Belize Media Group spoke with President of the Evangelical Churches Association in Orange Walk, Oscar Barrera claims Lopez is a “false prophet” and the ecclesiastical credential issued to him has expired two years ago.

According to reports, Lopez had received his pastor credentials to share the word of God at Roca del Poder Evangelical Church in Trial Farm but Barrera claims the church never opened.

This morning, Lopez was formally arraigned at the Orange Walk magistrate court for four counts of producing child pornography.  The nude pictures involve a three and a 10 year old female.  On Friday, a Human Development officer accompanied the two minors at the police station, then subsequently to be examined by a medical doctor to determine if they had been carnally known.  The medical examination proved that none of the female minors were carnally known.

The act that Lopez is accused of, besides being an indictable offense, also goes contrary to section 7(1), 7(2), and 7(3) of the commercial sexual exploitation of children act of 2013,.  As a result, Edgar Gerardo Lopez was not offered bail, but remanded to prison and is to re-appear in court on June 29th, 2015.

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