Crime

August 19, 2014

Trial scheduled for Oakdale youth pastor in child porn case

A federal judge on Monday scheduled a trial to start March 31 for an Oakdale youth pastor accused of downloading child pornography.

A federal judge on Monday scheduled a trial to start March 31 for an Oakdale youth pastor accused of downloading child pornography.

Tyler David Bliss, 27, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on a charge of receiving and distributing child pornography.

Authorities have said Bliss downloaded the child porn with computers at his home and his church. Bliss was a youth minister at Bethel Church when he was arrested Feb. 17. The Oakdale church on G Street is affiliated with the Assemblies of God.

If convicted, Bliss faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and supervised release for the rest of his life, federal prosecutors have said.

Court records indicate Bliss’ attorney Kirk McAllister and prosecutors are discussing whether they can agree to a possible plea deal before trial.

Bliss remains free on his own recognizance as he awaits his trial.

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