Hurst associate pastor arrested on child porn charge

Hurst pastor arrested for child porn

HURST - An associate pastor for a church in the Mid Cities has been arrested on child porn allegations.

Officers were called to a Best Buy in the 800 block of Northeast Mall Boulevard just before 9 p.m. Thursday after employees found what appeared to be child pornography on a customer's computer.

Police discovered that the computer belonged to James Rankin, 78, an associate pastor at Bellevue Baptist Church in Hurst. He was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography, which is a third degree felony.

He's being held in the Hurst Municipal Jail on a $5,000 bond.

Editor's note: This story first stated the computer store was located at Northeast Mall. The Best Buy is on Northeast Mall Boulevard, but is not on Northeast Mall's property.

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