Houston child crimes task force arrested a Baptist pastor and eight others for sexually exploiting children through the internet.
In a multi-day multi-agency operation last month, the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force arrested Lawrence Clayton Hopkins, 55, for online solicitation of a minor.
Arrests made during the operation include:
- Robert Clarence Clayton – 27 – Channelview, Texas – Online Solicitation of a Minor (F2)
- Isaac Anthony Marino – 30 – Houston, Texas – Online Solicitation of a Minor (F2)
- Francisco Xavier Garza – 29 – Spring, Texas – Online Solicitation of a Minor (F2) and Poss. w/ Intent to Deliver – Methamphetamine (F1)
- Elijah Charles Lewis – 24 – Houston, Texas – Online Solicitation of a Minor (F2)
- Ahsan Shah – 36 – Houston, Texas – Online Solicitation of a Minor (F2)
- Lawrence Clayton Hopkins – 55 – Baytown, Texas – Online Solicitation of a Minor (F2)
- Edward Stewart Geddes – 42 – Houston, Texas – Online Solicitation of a Minor (F2) and Tampering with Evidence (F3)
- Clinton Brian Harvey – 44 – Dickenson, Texas – Online Solicitation of a Minor (F3) and Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon (MA)
Initial investigations found that Hopkins worked as a youth pastor in Midlothian, College Station, and Baytown in Texas before he was arrested.
In a statement, the leadership of Rollingbrook Fellowship said it had terminated Hopkins’ employment. The fellowship also said it is cooperating with the authorities about the case.
“Dr. Hopkins’ actions oppose the message of the Gospel and have caused immense pain to both his immediate family and his church family. We humbly ask for your prayers,” Rollingbrook said.
Rollingbrook said it is offering professional counseling for those affected by the crime.
Also Arrested was Clinton Brian Harvey, who officers learned worked as Montgomery County Juvenile Detention Officer.
Given the nature of the offense and his potential access to children through his employment, the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office encourages anyone with information concerning potential victims associated with Harvey to contact Det. Darrick Dunn with the Conroe Police Department at (936) 760-6918.
The District Attorney urged parents to monitor their children’s activities online and report concerns to law enforcement.
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