Deputies: Isle of Wight Pastor had 2,600 child porn photos

ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) – Christopher Alan Hogge was granted bond Thursday in court; but will stay in jail for another week.

Hogge is a pastor and former director of Franklin Social Services. He was arrested in May on child pornography charges.

“There is a child somewhere who has been violated,” says Lieutenant Tommy Potter with the Isle of Wight Sheriff’s Office.

In the case of Hogge deputies say there are thousands of victims. He was arrested after deputies got a tip and searched his home and office for computers and other devices.

Deputies say they found more than 2,600 photos of naked children and children having sex.

“As we all know, once something is on the internet it doesn’t go away,” Potter adds. “It is always there. These kids aren’t just victimized one time, they are victimized over and over again.”

Deputies say they found 53 videos on one computer. There were also photos of kids in bondage. 10 On Your Side was told Hogge would search terms like ‘young boys taking showers’, ‘hidden camera naked boys’ and ‘passed out’.

“Mr. Hogge spent a lengthy amount of time going through pictures, cataloging pictures and searching for different pictures to download,” Potter says.

Hogge is now facing 19 counts of child porn. Deputies say he would use Twitter to collect and distribute pictures. He has almost 5,000 followers.

“Even we don’t have per say a victim here in Isle of Wight County it is not a victim-less crime,” Potter adds.

Thursday Hogge was asking a judge to grant bond as the case continues to move through the court process. The judge gave him a $25,000 bond, but the Commonwealth’s Attorney appealed so Hogge will stay behind bars until a new bond hearing next week.

Hogge has a preliminary hearing scheduled for October 6.

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