Youth pastor arrested on 122 counts of child pornography

A former youth pastor in Dauphin County has been arrested on 122 counts of child pornography.

Daniel Tipantiza, 40, of Harrisburg, was taken into custody Thursday after detectives from the Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office executed a search warrant at his Derry Street home.

Tipantiza later admitted to uploading 61 images of child pornography to his Yahoo account, District Attorney Ed Marsico said.

He was arraigned on 61 counts of child pornography distribution and 61 counts of child pornography possession and committed to the Dauphin County Prison on $150,000 bail.

His computers will be searched for additional images.

Authorities said Tipantiza was a youth pastor at Valley Baptist Church in Middletown until this summer.

They are investigating whether he has inappropriate contact with any youth members of the church.

Detectives are asking anyone with information to call the district attorney’s Criminal Investigation Division at 717-780-6200.

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