UPDATE: Former children's pastor accused of raping girls in church
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A judge found probable cause Thursday to charge a former children's pastor with two counts of rape and one count of sexual assault.
Among the places where the alleged acts occurred, according to court documents, was in the church where Anthony Waller worked at the time.
The victims told police that over a span of two to three years Waller "touched them inappropriately" dozens of times.
The affidavit stated Waller would "repeatedly take the girls into a wooded area, or other secluded places, and physically take their clothes off of them before" sexually molesting them.
Detectives interviewed each girl separately.
Each girl told police the alleged assaults happened "in the woods, in Waller's office, or in other locations at the church at which he was employed at the time."
Both victims said they were 10 or 11 years of age when Waller began assaulting them.
Police also accused Waller "conducting clandestine recordings of young girls in bathrooms and showers in multiple locations."
A forensic examination of his computer uncovered video of Waller and a girl, believed to be 11 or 12 years of age, alone in a residence.
In the video, police said the girl can be seen getting into a metal tub of water and Waller then added a powdery substance that turned the water into a gelatinous consistency.
After several minutes, the girl began to complain of burning and tingling. When she tried to get out of the tub, she fell back down, the affidavit stated.
The court document stated Waller later lifted the child out of the tub.
He could be seen "groping her breasts repeatedly" then he "reaches up and pulls her swimming bottoms down toward her knees," the affidavit stated.
Waller is being held in the Craighead County Detention Center in lieu of $250,000 bond.
In May police arrested and charged Waller, who was then a children's pastor at Jonesboro's First Assembly of God Church, with computer child pornography.
At the time of his arrest, investigators said they found tens of thousands of files featuring nude and scantily clad pubescent girls.
King said at the time it was "one of the largest child pornography cases he has ever seen."
Following his May arrest, the church fired Waller and he resigned as a school bus driver with Jonesboro Public Schools.
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