Burns pastor arrested after child pornography images allegedly found on home computer

Aaron Duke
Aaron Duke

A local pastor was arrested on child sexual exploitation charges last week after a search of his Burns home turned up child pornography. 34-year-old Aaron Duke of Spencer Mill Road in Burns was indicted by the Dickson County grand jury last week on charges of solicitation of sexual exploitation of a minor and sexual exploitation of a minor. He was arrested April 23. According to a statement from the Dickson County Sheriff’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Det. Scott Levasseur opened an investigation after receiving a tip from the Microsoft Corporation about child pornography discovered on one of its servers. After tracking the source, Levasseur executed a search warrant on Duke’s Spencer Mill Road home in January and seized a computer. The statement says a forensic examination turned up evidence of solicitation of minors and possession of child pornography by Duke. The case was presented to the grand jury, which returned the indictments last week. According to its website, Aaron Duke is the founder and pastor of If I Stay Here Ministries, which is registered as a non-profit corporation with the Tennessee Secretary of State’s office. According to the Department of State, papers of incorporation were filed by Duke in May 2012 giving an address of Deercreek Trail in Nashville. On the If I Stay Here Ministries website, Duke is reported to have a background in missions with degrees in business and teaching and 10 years of experience in pastoral ministry. The website for Christ Church Perry County identifies Duke as a pastor and teacher who holds services at the Lobelville church on Sunday evenings. The last post on the If I Stay Here Ministries page on Facebook is dated Jan. 12, the day before the raid on Duke’s home. Duke is free on $10,000 bond and is scheduled for an arraignment in Dickson County Circuit Court on May 12.