Lubbock pastor accused of sending lewd video online

January 7, 2010 1:48:43 PM PST
A Lubbock pastor faces federal charges after allegedly sending a lewd video of himself to a 16-year-old girl in Louisiana. Lubbock police Sgt. Ross Hester said 57-year-old Dean Richard Tarkington turned himself in to the FBI Dec. 28 and is free on bond. Hester said the pastor of the Word of Faith Christian Center surrendered his passport and is ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device.

Information about who represents Tarkington isn't available, and he couldn't be reached at home.

Police began investigating Tarkington early last month when Louisiana authorities relayed a report from parents that their daughter had gotten the video on her computer. Hester said the computer was seized in a Dec. 15 search and the video found.

Andrea Simpson of the founding church in Southfield, Mich., says the Lubbock church opened early last year but has shut down.