Wearing this badge while supporting child pornographers is a special brand of awful.
In case you were looking for a reason to distrust law enforcement and members of the clergy all at once, look no further than the Russell James Sellers, a man who claims to have worked for 30 years as a police chaplain.
Last week the King County Prosecutor's Office charged Sellers, 58, with two counts of possessing child pornography--a felony that carries a maximum sentence of up to 10 years.
The court record is, in a word, disturbing. Sellers allegedly had 20 videos of girls, possibly as young as four, engaging in sexual acts with men for whom a special place is reserved in Hell.
Investigating officer Det. Melinda Wilson says in a written statement that an undercover officer first found Sellers when he used a file-sharing service to download a video of a young girl performing oral sex in July 2008. One month later, detectives took his computers and found the additional videos.
According to Wilson, Sellers told her in an interview at the time his computers were taken that he had possibly searched for the word "preteen." But he also claimed that he had seen child pornography only one or two times and saved the videos for educational purposes.
In papers charging Sellers, prosecutor Cecilia Gregson says he also had a 1976 arrest in California for "Lewd or Lascivious Conduct & Unlawful Sexual Intercourse with a Minor out of California." But no charges were filed in that case.
Seattlepi.com reports that Sellers' claims of working as a police chaplain have not been confirmed. He is also reportedly living in a Baltimore suburb in Maryland now and not in custody.