Mormon Bishop Arrested for Child Pornography
October 25, 2019
On Wednesday, October 16th, 61 year old Timothy James Hallows was arrested and charged with eight counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, a second degree felony. Each of the charges carry the potential of up to 15 years in prison. In his initial court appearance on Thursday, he was ordered to be held without bail.
In August, Microsoft, owner of Skype, sent a tip into the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about “child sexual exploitation material” being distributed on their platform under the username “timhallows”.
Officers served an internet service provider with a search warrant to reveal the IP address associated with the reported account which traced back to the Kaysville residence of Hallows.
On October 3rd, investigators discovered that there were three additional complaints concerning the same user and files depicting “child sexual abuse.”
Officers served a search warrant to his residence on Wednesday the 16th, where they report that he admitted to distributing child pornography and admitted to owning more than 100 images. Investigators indicate that they located thousands of images at his home.
Hallows waived his Miranda right pertaining to self incrimination and willingly spoke to investigators.
It is reported that when investigators told Hallows that they believed he had engaged in sexual contact with children, “he stated, ‘Uh huh’, and shook his head in affirmation,” according to the affidavit.
“Hallows stated the children are not real, and provided several incidents of justification or rationalization for the conduct,” according to the probable cause statement.
“Hallows refused to take a polygraph examination with questions regarding hands-on sexual contact with young children,” according to the affidavit. “He further stated that he has done nothing regarding sexual contact with children long term.” Hallows is said to have gone on to explain that images he took while serving as Bishop for the Mormon church on camping trips could lead to a failed polygraph.
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