NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - A judge granted bond for a Norfolk pastor charged with possession of child pornography.
WAVY News crews were in the courtroom Monday as a judge set bond for The Rev. David Smith at $25,000. Smith is not allowed to have contact with any children under the age of 16 including his own, and cannot use any computers.
According to the Sheriff's Office, Smith bonded out around 2 p.m. Monday.
He is also prohibited to enter Trinity Lutheran Church, where he was the pastor. He said he is resigning from the church, but the church had already put him on leave.
The 35-year-old lives in Poquoson with his wife and three children.
Smith admitted he has a compulsive disorder, and says he did not care about the results of his actions. Smith's attorney Howard Copeland told WAVY.com, "He has a psychological addiction, and he has to break that and it can be done."
The Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Leron Gilchrist was amazed to find out Smith's addiction to child pornography has gone on most of his adult life, "I was surprised that his testimony was that he was receiving counseling since Seminary school, and he is still fighting the fight as late as today."
Gilchrist was opposed to bond because Smith admitted downloading child porn that involved incidents of rape, "Children were engaged in what we the Commonwealth's Attorney categorize as sexual assault, or rape, based on the child's age."
Smith's wife testified on his behalf that he is an outstanding father to their three children. Copeland said, "She testified that he is a wonderful father. This is a fixation in his mind, and this problem that he has is not something that he has acted on. There is no evidence that he has done anything to carry out these fantasies."
According to the church's website , Smith was installed as Trinity's seventh pastor in November 2010. Police said there is no indication Smith had any inappropriate contact with children at the church.
Smith is facing 10 charges of possessing child pornography and the crimes dated back to December 2011. Last week, Smith's attorney told WAVY.com his client admitted to authorities to having the pornography and needs help.
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