Ex-youth pastor convicted of rape

JONESBORO -- A Craighead County circuit judge has sentenced a former Jonesboro youth minister to two life sentences for rape, Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington of Jonesboro said.


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Anthony Waller, 39, of Marion was charged in November on two counts of rape after authorities found a "very large amount of child pornography" on his computer, Ellington said. An arrest affidavit filed in Craighead County Circuit Court in November indicated that police found thousands of images.

Waller, who was sentenced on the rape charges on April 19, also faces 50 counts of video voyeurism. Ellington said those counts are pending.

Waller was the youth minister of Jonesboro First Assembly of God from 1999 to 2015. He was fired two days after the voyeurism charges were filed.

Waller waived his right to a jury trial and instead agreed to let Circuit Judge Brent Davis hear the case, Ellington said.

State Desk on 04/28/2016

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