Former youth pastor indicted on child exploitation, pornography charges

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Federal sex crime charges have been filed against a former youth minister at an Indianapolis church.

Maurice Frazier, 51, of Indianapolis, was charged Thursday by U.S. Attorney Josh J. Minkler of the Southern District of Indiana with coercion and enticement, sexual exploitation of a child, six counts of receipt of child pornography, possession of child pornography and an offense by a registered sex offender.

According to the indictment, Frazier met the 14-year-old victim through his work and began communicating with her through social media. Frazier is alleged to have secretly met with the victim between 15 and 20 times.

The indictment states Frazier engaged in sexual activity at various locations around Indianapolis, including his residence, his vehicle and a church office.

It is further alleged that Frazier enticed the victim to produce pornography images of herself through a cellphone and send them to him. He allegedly sent her numerous images of himself in sexually explicit poses. The indictment further states he said he would leave the area if they were discovered and he could retaliate against her if the victim reported the activity to authorities.

Frazier is on the Indiana Sex Offender Registry for a previous conviction.

This case was investigated by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

According to General Crimes Deputy Chief Steven DeBrota, who is prosecuting this case for the government, Frazier faces decades in prison if convicted on all counts.

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