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.
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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.