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Former Garland youth pastor sentenced on child porn conviction

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A former Garland youth minister was sentenced on Wednesday to 12 years in federal prison after he was convicted last year of receipt of child pornography, according to a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the North District of Texas.

Joshua Earls, 30, will also be on supervised release for life after he serves his term.

Investigators discovered that Earls had an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old girl at Arapaho Road Baptist Church, where he worked.

Investigators found more than 600 images of child porn on Earl's computer, including images of the teen girl from church.

Earls admitted that he had exchanged nude and sexually explicit pictures and videos with the girl, and his cell phone showed text messages between the two in which Earls persuaded her to send him pornographic images of herself.  

Earls and his younger brother, Jordan Earls, were arrested in April 2013.

Jordan was a volunteer at the church, and was charged with indecency with a child and two counts of child sexual assault.

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