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Black Collar Crime: Evangelical Pastor Bruce Hollen Arrested on Child Porn Charges

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Bruce Hollen, pastor of Calvary Chapel: The Woodlands in The Woodlands, Texas, was arrested on child porn charges.

KHOU-11 reports:

A church pastor from The Woodlands is in jail on child porn charges but details of his alleged crime haven’t been released.

Bruce Hollen, 63, is charged with possession with intent to promote child porn.

The pastor was arrested on Wednesday during an Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigation, the Montgomery County Precinct 3 Constable’s Office said.


Hollen was in court Friday afternoon and his bond was set at $30,000.

Under Texas law, promotion of child porn means to knowingly or intentionally possess material that visually depicts a child younger than 18 years of age at the time the image was created and depicts the child engaging in sexual conduct.

On Friday, Hollen was still featured prominently on the Calvary Chapel – The Woodlands Facebook page but he’s no longer listed on the church’s official website.

Bruce Gerencser, 66, lives in rural Northwest Ohio with his wife of 45 years. He and his wife have six grown children and thirteen grandchildren. Bruce pastored Evangelical churches for twenty-five years in Ohio, Texas, and Michigan. Bruce left the ministry in 2005, and in 2008 he left Christianity. Bruce is now a humanist and an atheist.

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