Some stories make me want to scoop up all children and make sure they are supervised by reliable adults at all times, and this is one of them. A Texas Bible school instructor has been charged by the FBI with distributing child pornography to an undercover officer.
Jacob Robert Holguin, 40, a butcher and middle-school Bible study instructor, was charged after a year-long operation, in which he allegedly told the undercover officer, who was posing as a 35-year-old mother of three in a chat room, "i really like... rape. ... i like to see them ... saying no, it hurts, stop." According to reports, Holguin used the online handle "friend of grimm" and in several cringe-worthy online conversations asked the officer to produce child pornography (using "her" own children????). "Frequently, the conversations revolved around his sexual interest in children," court documents said, including talk of "sexual torture of children."
And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
A judge denied Holguin bail because he lives within a mile of a middle school, and I would have too, hearing some of the details of the charges, including that he allegedly "trolled the Internet for juveniles 'to rape' and fondled a 15-year-old girl and took cell phone pictures of her private areas."
Finally in July, Holguin allegedly sent images of child pornography to the undercover officer. Court documents say he had a "library of child porn" saved on computers and that he sought out other adults and asked them for porn.
Thankfully, there's no evidence that he crossed any lines and abused any of the children he instructed at the Bible school. But the very thought of a man like that TEACHING CHILDREN about JESUS is terrifying. How close was he to taking the leap from pictures of children to actually following through with his alleged desires to "rape" a child. Is it better or worse that it's Bible school instead of middle school? I don't even know.
But I'm grateful the FBI has this man in custody, and if he's convicted, I hope he spends the rest of his life in prison. Far, far away from kids.
Do you worry about whether your kids' teachers are secretly child pornographers?
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