Rev Chris King

New York priest busted with drugs and child porn

A Long Island Episcopal priest was arrested on Friday after police found a stash of child pornography in his possession, including victims as young as 3 years old.

New York Daily News reports that Rev. Christopher King reportedly had five child pornography videos on his personal computer, as well as crystal meth and unprescribed Xanax in his home and office. According to Nassau County authorities, one of the videos depicted “a toddler, approximately 2-3 years of age”  being sexually assaulted by an adult male.  The remaining videos showed male children ranging from ages 3 and 12, engaging in sexual activities with each other or with an adult male.

After his arrest, King was immediately removed from the St. James of Jerusalem Episcopal Church of Long Beach, and all his roles within the church were revoked. Bishop Lawrence Provenzano said the church has a “zero tolerance” policy for criminal activity of any kind.

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“The diocese and the entire Episcopal Church have a zero tolerance policy with respect to criminal conduct of any kind. I have today terminated Father King’s license to function as an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Long Island. We will also provide pastoral care and consult with the congregation and any others impacted by these charges.”

Along with child pornography charges, King was charged with possessing 12 grams of crystal methamphetamine, found in both his home and his church office. Police found the Xanax on top of his bedroom dresser.

King was placed behind bars on a $100,000 bond. He showed up to arraignment in court on Saturday without an attorney.  He pleaded “not guilty” at the First District Court in Hempstead. His formal charges include two counts of drug possession and five counts of possessing a sexual performance by a child.

[Feature Photo: Nassau County PD]