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On June 1, 2020 a pastor was sentenced to 293 months in federal prison for sexual exploitation of a child, following an investigation by special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

Brett Monroe, 39, is a former associate pastor at Heritage Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas, he pleaded guilty in January 2020 to one count of sexual exploitation of a child.

HSI special agents executed a search warrant at Brett’s residence on Dec. 11, 2019. Brett admitted to agents that he used his cellphone to create secret recordings of a minor female victim while she showered at his home in Arlington.

Brett converted the video into still images that he saved in an online storage account.

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At sentencing, an agent testified that Brett admitted to sending, receiving, and trading child pornography online for years to fuel his pornography addiction. Brett also confessed to surreptitiously recording multiple other minor victims showering in his residence.