DENISON, Texas — A north Texas pastor has been arrested on child pornography charges last week, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
48-year-old David Pettigrew, the pastor of the Denison Church of the Nazarene, was arrested on August 6, 2020, on a federal charge for transporting child pornography. He is currently being held at the Grayson County Jail.
"Pettigrew came to the attention of law enforcement officials through referrals sent by two electronic surveillance providers and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children," read a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Eastern District of Texas.
According to court documents, those referrals identified a computer user who uploaded suspected child pornography onto their online platforms.
Agents with Homeland Security Investigations executed federal search warrants on August 6, 2020,at Pettigrew's residence and the Denison Church of the Nazarene. Following the execution of those warrants, Pettigrew was arrested.
According to the Denison Church of the Nazarene's website, Pettigrew has been the pastor at the church since 2006.
If convicted, Pettigrew faces a minimum of five years and up to 20 years in federal prison.
The U.S. Attorney's Office is asking anyone with information on this case or possible victims to contact their office at 1(800) 804-3547 or their local law enforcement agency.