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Minister charged with distributing child porn

Posted: December 3, 2013 - 3:46pm

ANCHORAGE — A 57-year-old Anchorage minister has been charged with possession and distribution of child pornography.

Ronald Paul Rathbun Sr. was arrested Nov. 26 at his home in east Anchorage. Police announced the arrest Monday.

The Anchorage Daily News (http://bit.ly/1bbO2bL) reports Rathbun is a pastor at Eternal Love Ministry, which is housed in a one-story building in Boniface Plaza.

Det. James Estes says Alaska State Troopers tracked child porn images to Anchorage and turned the case over to police. Rathbun was arrested after additional investigation and a search of his home.

Police say Rathbun is a retired state employee.

Police say Rathbun had access to children and detectives are seeking information about possible additional victims of child sexual exploitation.

Rathbun’s bail is set at $15,000.

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