A Florida youth pastor was arrested on Thursday after investigators said that they found a computer at his home “sharing” images of child pornography.
According to a statement from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, St. Gabriel Episcopal Church youth pastor Lucas Dillon Brandenburg, 30, was arrested on 10 charges of possession of child pornography.
The statement said that agents first noticed that there was a computer at his residence in Titusville that was “sharing images of child pornography” in July.
Brandenburg was being held at the Brevard County Jail in lieu of $350,000 bond.
In a speech to the 44th Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida last year, he explained why he had become a youth pastor.
“My life is forever changed by the youth ministries that I attended,” Brandenburg said. “I went for the camps, I went for games, I went to hang out with my friends, to meet girls obviously.”
“Despite my wrong motives, I had an encounter with Jesus Christ, I heard his call. And like all who respond to that call, I left my pile of worthless things, and I followed him,” he continued. “There are more pitfalls set before young people today than I have time to describe. The fact is we live in a dark world, and a depraved culture.”
“And for many teens, a youth ministry is the only port in the storm. The ministry that I run at St. Gabriels is just such a ministry.”
Watch the video below from Episcopal Florida.