Grand jury indicts ex-church music director for child porn

Courtesy: MGN
Courtesy: MGN
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - A federal grand jury indicted a former music director of a church in Springfield for receiving and distributing child pornography over the Internet. The charge against Craig Wienke, 31, of Springfield, was unsealed on Monday after being handed up on June 13.

Wienke made his first court appearance on Monday. He remains in jail pending a detention hearing on June 22. A judge put him on an accelerated track for trial, which could be held as early as Aug. 21.

Investigators believe Wienke received and distributed child pornography over the Internet between last Nov. 10 and April 4. Wienke was music director at Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Springfield in that period.

The FBI, the Springfield Police Department and the Greene County Sheriff’s Department investigated this case. It's part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.