UPDATE: Case of church volunteer exchanging nude pictures send to grand jury
Hamilton County deputies arrested 22-year-old Alexander Baggett on Tuesday and charged him with sexual exploitation of a minor.
UPDATE: Alexander Baggett, a church youth ministry volunteer accused of exchanging nude photos with a teenage girl, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday morning.
The case has been bound over to the grand jury.
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Hamilton County deputies arrested 22-year-old Alexander Baggett on Tuesday and charged him with three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor by electronic means and two counts of exploitation of a minor.
According to court records, a pastor at Church of the Highlands in Harrison reported to authorities that he’d been alerted by a member of the congregation about the photographs.
Baggett is accused of sending the pictures to a 15-year-old girl over Snapchat, which she then took screen shots of. She also sent him photos of herself.
The girl’s mother reportedly found the photos, which Baggett instructed the girl to tell her mother were images from an internet porn site.
A detective was recording a conversation between Baggett and the girl when Baggett could be heard saying, “If God wills it, I will be put in jail for what I have done and if he doesn’t I guess we will be clear.”
Church of the Highlands released this statement in regards to arrest of Alexander Baggett, “We are deeply saddened by the allegations brought to light over the past few days. As soon as we were alerted, we took every measure to make sure our church members were safe, including dismissing Baggett of all church responsibilities. At this time we will have no further comment due to the ongoing investigation. Our thoughts and prayers remain with all involved in this unfortunate situation,” said Lead Pastor Dr. Jeremy Roberts.
Baggett was arrested and booked into the Hamilton County Jail, where he’s being held on a $250,000 bond. He’s due in court on May 23.