Memphis pastor sentenced to prison on child pornography charges

A former pastor and minister from Memphis was sentenced to 85 months in prison for knowingly receiving sexual images of a minor.

According to court records, the illicit acts happened between March and April of 2015.

Investigators said 32-year-old Demarcus Smith asked a teenage boy to send him sexually explicit images of himself through Facebook Messenger. He also had sexually explicit conversations with the victim.

Smith pled guilty to one count of receipt of child pornography in October 2015, after being indicted on charges in relation to child pornography in August 2015.

Smith was a pastor at Oak Hill Missionary Baptist Church in South Memphis. He is also a member of the Baptist Ministerial Association.