Black Collar Crime: Evangelical Pastor Corey Butler’s Child Porn Trial Begins November 6

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“Dr.” Corey D. Butler, pastor Jesus is the Way Christian Center, DeKalb, Illinois

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In 2015, Corey Butler, pastor of Jesus is the Way Christian Center in DeKalb, Illinois was charged with “possession of child pornography and dissemination of child pornography.” The 34-year-old Butler was arrested after the “Illinois Crimes against Children Task Force learned child pornography was being distributed from a computer at Butler’s address.” Butler admitted being on an adult porn site, but denied possessing or distributing child pornography. I wrote about this story here.

In April 2017, I wrote a post about Butler considering a plea deal. Butler decided to go to trial instead. In November 2017, I mentioned Butler’s lawyer’s attempt to use legal maneuvers to suppress the child porn found on his client’s computer.

Three years later, Butler still hasn’t had his day in court. According to the Daily Chronicle, the court has scheduled a November 6, 2018 trial date. Astoundingly, Butler is still the pastor of Jesus is the Way Christian Center.

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5 Comments

  1. Stephanie

    Well if porn is a sin, what’s one step further? Disgusting. How do they understand nothing of consent or abuse? And people take their children there!? And I’m sure they wouldn’t believe their children if, god forbid, something were to happen. How is it legal that he is allowed to remain there when he is facing such charges?? Who in their right mind goes there??

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  2. ObstacleChick

    I would never let my child near that man.

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  3. Mary

    They are not in their right mind….that’s the point.

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  4. The Avenger

    I know this man well and this case has really tainted his image. He is not, I repeat, he is NOT a child predator or abuser. The laws concerning the possessing of child porn is broad and vague. Upon reading this, one might assume this man took or obtained actual images or footage of children. By the legal definition however, every person who ever viewed a Traci Lords video or the R. Kelly sex tape which was made public was in violation of the same as Mr. Butler because the women were under age 18. Notice these articles never clearly define what it is that he actually possessed. And he is not under fire for possession, but rather distribution only, which tells me everything I need to know. That is, DeKalb county wants to retrieve the money from fees he’s incurred for his house arrest ankle bracelet. That’s it, that’s all. Also, his ministry is his own. He ministers to college aged students, mostly. Not young children.

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    1. Bruce Gerencser (Post author)

      You can’t know what he is or isn’t. Prior to his arrest, did you know he watched porn?

      Once this case goes to trial, the facts will be known. Until then, all we have are opinions and news reports.

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