Official records say that for several years Tarkington had secretly engaged in sex chat and phone sex with young women and teenage girls on the Internet. He did so at home and using his church office. Official records say Tarkington made contact in November of 2009 with an undercover police officer who was posing as a 15-year-old girl. The two talked using a chat room called "married but looking."
According to prosecutors, Tarkington both sent and requested inappropriate pictures via the Internet. He will be sentenced at a later date to a possible maximum statutory sentence of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine (or both), and a lifetime of supervised release.
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Tarkington was pastor of Word of Faith Christian Center in Lubbock Texas.
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