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Local minister arrested on child porn charges

By KTVA CBS 11 News 12:19 PM December 3, 2013

An Anchorage minister was arrested on two charges of child pornography.

ANCHORAGE- An Anchorage minister was arrested on two charges of child pornography on Nov. 26.

Anchorage police arrested 57-year-old Ronald Paul Rathbun, Sr. at his East Anchorage home. He is a minister at Eternal Love Ministry on Boniface Parkway.

According to Anchorage police, the investigation into Rathbun started this summer with the Alaska State Troopers High Tech Crimes Unit. It was working under cover when it received images of child sexual exploitation. When troopers discovered the suspect was in Anchorage, the Cyber Crimes Unit of the Anchorage Police Department was activated. Over the next several months, more images of child sexual exploitation were sent from Rathbun to the Cyber Crimes Unit.

On the day of Rathbun’s arrest, police seized computers and other digital media at his home.

Rathbun is being held on $15,000 bail at the Anchorage jail.

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