Mother finds nude photos from pastor in her 11-year-old son’s phoneBy Mason White 5:11 PM December 13, 2016
|Tyler Sinkus Smither|
By: Tanya Malhotra
(Scroll down for video) A mother of Florida, was furious when she found nude photos from a grown man on her son’s cellphone.
She was even more shocked to learn that the man is a pastor from North Carolina.
The mother called the police to report the abuse. New Hanover County police arrested 30-year-old Tyler Sinkus Smither, who is a youth pastor, according to court records.
Smither, who is the youth pastor at Harbor United Methodist Church in Wilmington, is now facing two counts of indecent liberties with a child.
According to an affidavit, the boy’s mother had a parental control option on her son’s cellphone.
One day, she received a notification from Verizon that someone from an unknown number was contacting her child.
The mother checked the number on the Internet, and she found it linked to Smither.
New Hanover County Sheriff’s Detective Christina Starman said that Smither first contacted the boy through the chat website Omegle.
Smither allegedly sent photos of himself and his genitals to the 11-year-old boy. Police said that the pastor has distinctive tattoos that were visible in the photos.
He also asked the boy to send him photos of himself. Smither was fired from his job as a pastor after his arrest.
Smither was released from jail after posting $100,000 bond.