Former children's pastor appears in court on child porn charges

Posted at: 04/05/2013 11:03 AM
Updated at: 04/05/2013 4:41 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Photo: Derek Schwartzrock
Photo: Derek Schwartzrock

Former children's pastor Derek Schwartzrock appeared in federal court Friday morning to be formally charged with receiving and possessing visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

The judge asked him if he’d received the criminal complaint and he said yes.

Schwartzrock, who was handuffed in court, will remain in federal custody.

The judge asked if he was still employed, or if the Evangel Christian Center where he’d worked had fired him, and he responded, “I’d imagine yes.”

The judge agreed to provide him with court-provided counsel.

The judge then set an April 8 court date for preliminary and detention hearings.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 has also obtained a copy of the full criminal complaint against Schwartzrock, 34, and has learned startling new details about what investigators believe occurred and what Schwartzrock said about procuring and possessing images of child pornography.

KOB.com has posted a redacted version of the complaint here:

US v Schwartzrock

In it, federal agents describe how they found out Schwartzrock was accessing child porn.

Schwartzrock claims he has never touched a child. Investigators say he was given a polygraph test, and when he was asked this question, it went off, indicating deception.

The center where he works says he was given three background checks and they did not suspect this behavior, but says he has been fired for the safety of all involved.