A Florida youth pastor has been charged with possession of child sex abuse materials (commonly referred to as child pornography) and hiding a video camera in a bathroom at his church.
David Patrick Nims, who worked at Calvary Baptist Church of Pensacola, was arrested earlier this month after the discovery of the bathroom camera.
Nims was charged with one count of “video voyeurism by a person 18 or older, who is responsible for the welfare of a child younger than 16.”
He was released on a $10,000 bond hours after that arrest.
In a recent announcement on Facebook, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office stated that CSA possession charges were added following an investigation after the earlier charge.
The sheriff’s office said investigators discovered 100 files of CSA at Nims home and did not rule out the addition of further charges.
“None of those child victims appear to have a local connection and were not videotaped by Nims himself. The files appear to have been downloaded off the internet,” the statement went on. “ECSO Special Victims Unit Investigators are still working on this case, analyzing additional digital files. More charges could be added.”
The shocking discovery of Nims’ perversion came earlier this month when a teenager discovered a hidden surveillance camera in a bathroom at Calvary Baptist Church. Thankfully, church staff quickly notified police of the discovery of the camera.
An arrest report notes that the camera was hidden on “the drain pipe under the sink in the stall” and was pointed “towards the toilet.”
While viewing footage from the camera, police reportedly saw a man retrieving the electronic device, whom several witnesses identified as Nims.
“All of them state it appeared Nims was installing the camera and was wearing the same clothes in the video that they saw him wearing at church that day,” the report stated.
Calvary Baptist Church Pastor Walt Magaha released a statement on behalf of the church following the news of Nims’ initial arrest, saying that the church is “grieved and saddened by the allegations and circumstances regarding the arrest of Patrick Nims.”
“We are cooperating fully with law enforcement as they conduct their ongoing investigation and stand ready to provide care and ministry toward those involved and/or affected as information is shared with us, if it shared,” Magaha said.
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