Law enforcement in Hot Springs, Arkansas say that they've apprehended a suspected pedophile, on 60 felony charges, who they believe is responsible for a child pornography distribution ring which sexually exploited children; and shockingly, the evidence was found on computers belonging to the First Church of the Nazarene.
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<span style="margin-top:15px;rgba(42,51,6,0.7);font-size:12px;">Pedophile custodian at the First Church of the Nazarene, 33-year-old Stephen M. Child-Beckowitz. Credit:<a href="XXX"> Hot Springs Police Department</a>.</span>
33-year-old Stephen M. Child-Beckowitz, of Hot Springs, Arizona, was employed at the First Church of Nazarene on 3804 Central Avenue, where he worked as a custodian, according to<a href="https://www.thv11.com/amp/article?section=news&subsection=crime&headline=former-hot-springs-church-custodian-facing-over-50-counts-of-child-pornography-related-charges&contentId=91-579003336"> local CBS affiliate THV Channel 11</a>.
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The case began when the First Church of the Nazarene contacted the Hot Springs Police Department’s Officer Rod West and Cpl. Kenny May to report that they'd discovered explicit child pornographic images depicting the forced sexual assault of prepubescent children on a computer located within the church, which was commonly used by custodian Stephen Child-Beckowitz.
One of the employees within the church said that they'd installed ActivTrak, a software which allows the administrator to track who is on the device at what specific times, and that it showed the usage as being tied to Child-Beckowitz.
The ActivTrak software also takes screenshots of what the person using the device is doing, and that was given to the Hot Springs Police Department as evidence.
Later, Corporal Joey Wilson of the Hot Springs Police Department said that evidence prompted their Detectives to seize the computer from the sound booth located in the sanctuary of the church, and would locate Child-Beckowitz working inside the sound booth on the day they took the computer.
After interrogating Child-Beckowitz he was allowed to remain free, at which time he told authorities they could search his home residence and willingly submitted his mobile phone and external SD card to police and agreed to come to the police station for further interrogation.
After his arrival at the Hot Springs Police Department, Child-Beckowitz then invoked his right to an attorney and refused to answer any further questions.
This prompted the Hot Springs Police Department to show up at the residence of Child-Beckowitz on Thornton Ferry Road, where police seized numerous personal electronic devices including computers, laptops, tablet, camera, camcorder, and a hard drive belonging to the suspected pedophile.
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The computer from the church and the evidence collected from the home of Child-Beckowitz were then sent the computer to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for further analysis.
Upon receiving results from the computer analysis, Detectives were told that thousands of images and videos of prepubescent children were not only downloaded and viewed on the computer belonging to the First Church of Nazarene, but that they were distributed from that computer as well.
Police described the child pornography as “sadomasochistic pornography,” having videos and images of minor children engaged in sexual abuse, as well as “caricature or animé type images that were obviously created to be child pornography," which the affidavit said was established by the "size, facial features and prepubescent anatomy of the caricatures," and the child caricatures were pictured with the adult caricatures "performing sexual acts, rape, torture, bestiality, and sadomasochism."
On July 30th, Child-Beckowitz was taken into custody by the Hot Springs Police Department, where he now faces 50 counts of Distributing, Possessing, or Viewing of Matter Depicting Sexually Explicit Conduct Involving a Child and 10 counts of Computer Exploitation of a Child in the Second Degree.
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<span style="margin-top:15px;rgba(42,51,6,0.7);font-size:12px;">Credit:<a href="XXX"> Hot Springs Police Department</a>.</span>
A press release from the Hot Springs Police Department referred to the graphic child pornography belonging to Child-Beckowitz as “disturbing,” and said that they know that he “commonly used” the church computer where the illicit images and videos were initially found.
Child-Beckowitz is being held at the Garland County Detention Center in lieu of a $150,000.00 bond, where he is set to appear before a Garland County Magistrate on August 14th.
One has to ask, how do these vile individuals find their way into the house of God, in a church, to begin with?
<i>The scourge of child pornographic distribution continues to be eliminated under the Trump Administration, which has result in over 9000 arrests related to human and child-sex trafficking, child molestation, or child pornography since President Trump's inauguration in January of 2017, setting records in the widespread victories against the rampant pedophilia in America.</i>
If you know of any child who may have been a victim of sexual exploitation, please call the National Center for Missing or Exploited Children (NCMEC) at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) or visit the<a href="https://www.missingkids.com> NCMEC’s web site </a> where you can find assistance directly dependent upon the specific case you're interested in finding information for.
Members of the public who have information about child-sexual predators are urged to contact ICE by calling the ICE tip line at 1-866-347-2423 or internationally at 001-1802-872-6199.
<a href="https://www.ice.gov/webform/hsi-tip-form">They can also submit a tip over the internet by completing ICE’s online form by clicking here.</a>
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) is also bringing down suspected child-sex offenders through Operation Predator.
You can also contact ICE via the Operation Predator application for mobile devices. ICE has created a smartphone app – the first of its kind in U.S. federal law enforcement – designed to seek the public's help with fugitive and unknown suspect child predators.
The iOS version of the app can be downloaded from<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/operation-predator/id695130859?mt=8"> Apple's App Store and iTunes</a>; the Android version is also available via<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.java.ice"> Google Play Store</a>.
In the case of Child-Beckowitz, as with numerous pedophiles, they seemingly seek a career path that would allow them to be closer to children.
If you or anyone you know has had contact with Stephen M. Child-Beckowitz, or had a child that attended the First Church of the Nazarene, and may have information regarding the predator in this case, you're urged to contact the Hot Springs Police Department at
Each of the charges against Child-Beckowitz is punishable by up to ten years in prison in Arizona, making it likely he could spend the remainder of his life behind bars, where he belongs.
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