Pastor accused of viewing child porn while working at Disney World

Published On: May 15 2013 01:32:40 PM EDT
Updated On: May 16 2013 03:08:13 PM EDT

A 49-year-old pastor who also worked at Disney World is no longer employed at either job after he was arrested on suspicion of viewing online child porn videos at the theme park while preparing a sermon.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -

A 49-year-old pastor who also worked at Disney World is no longer employed at either job after he was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of viewing online child porn videos at the theme park while preparing a sermon.

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Cedric Eugene Cuthbert, who worked as a custodial manager at Port Orleans Resort and pastor at Historic St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church in Sanford, was arrested on charges of solicitation of a minor via computer  and possession of material depicting sexual performance by a child.

According to an arrest affidavit, Disney contacted the Orange County Sheriff's Office in April after it was discovered that Cuthbert had allegedly tried to access websites blocked by the entertainment giant.

A Disney employee also told detectives that Cuthbert downloaded pornographic videos, accessed his personal email account and typed a sermon based on two Bible passages: John 13 and Psalm 148.

According to investigators, Cuthbert viewed several inappropriate YouTube videos posted by young girls and sent them messages such as "you are so cute! Great sexy bodi! Send me a private vid."

The arrest affidavit detailed the pornography that Cuthbert is accused of viewing and also stated that semen was found in Cuthbert's office.

Cuthbert wrote an apology letter to Disney, according to the affidavit.

Cuthbert is not currently working with the theme park, where he's worked for more than seven years.

According to a statement from the bishop for the district of Florida's AME churches, Cuthbert can't work in any AME church until church leaders meet in September.

"We are surprised and extremely disappointed by the alleged illicit behavior of the Reverend Cedric Cuthbert," according to the statement. "The Eleventh Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church apologizes to all families and communities, especially the City of Sanford and the members of St. James AME Church, that have been hurt by Reverend Cuthbert's alleged actions...Reverend Cuthbert has been relieved of all of his pastoral duties."

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