Lakeland, Florida – One of the men arrested in a child sex abuse and pornography bust has been released from his contract as an organist from a Lakeland church.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office announced on Thursday that Timothy Peargin was arrested and charged failing to report child abuse.
Sheriff Grady Judd said that he knew that his partner, Kevin Crump, had sex with two teenage boys under the age of 16 and never reported the crime to authorities.
"I was very, very surprised. Very, very surprised," said Phil Pavlisko, a member of St. David's Episcopal Church where Peargin was also a choir director.
Church representative Rev. Robert Moses told 10 News that Peargin and Crump have been members of the church for roughly 16 months.
Moses said that Peargin has been released from his contract at the church and neither he nor Crump are welcome back. He did, however, say they will offer spiritual support.
"I'm glad the church acted swiftly and I think it was the right thing to do," Pavlisko said.
The church said it did a background check on Peargin that turned up nothing. 10 News confirmed that Peargin has not been arrested in the state of Florida, but he does have a criminal history that includes a 1991 arrest out of California for lewd and lascivious act on a child under 14 years of age.
Crump, a nurse with the Florida Department of Health, also does not have a criminal history in the state of Florida. Investigators originally looked into the 45-year-old for reportedly attempting to share child pornography with a friend by the name of Tavis Bell.
Judd said Crump also admitted that he and Bell had sex with two teenage boys.