Former Memphis pastor sentenced on child pornography charges

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A former Memphis pastor has been sentenced to 85 months in prison on child pornography possession charges.

Prosecutors say Demarcus Smith coerced a male under the age of 18 to take pictures of himself engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

This happened between August 2014 and May 2015.

Smith was a pastor at Oak Hill Missionary Baptist Church in South Memphis and member of the Baptist Ministerial Association.

Smith go when allegations surfaced.

He was charged with one count of coercion and solicitation of a minor; one count of production of child pornography; and one count of receipt of child pornography.

Smith pled guilty to one count of receipt of child pornography.

Prosecutors say he used the Facebook Messenger app to send explicit photos and have explicit conversations.

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