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Internet 'youth crisis pastor' charged with 68 child pornography counts in Tampa

TAMPA — After a two-month investigation, police arrested an online minister Monday for possession of child pornography.

Tampa police say that during a search of his home at 1302 E Columbus Drive in January, Eric Spandorf, 43, admitted to officers that he downloaded child pornography from the Internet to sell. The search came after his roommate and fellow online minister, Robert Paul Primavera, 54, sold a DVD containing child pornography to an undercover officer, police said.

Officers arrested Primavera on Jan. 22, charging him with 58 counts of possessing child pornography. He remains in a Hillsborough County jail with bail set at $60,000.

Spandorf is charged with 66 counts of possessing child pornography and two counts of intent to distribute child pornography. He remains in jail with bail set at $525,000.

In his online profile on the Tampa-based Biblical Ministries' Web site, Spandorf labels himself as an associate pastor and youth crisis pastor. A bio on the Web site says Spandorf grew up in New York and moved to Orlando when he was 24, eventually settling in the Tampa area.

"He turned to the church out of feeling despair and disappointment in life and he now is a teen counselor," Spandorf's bio said.

Police say Primavera also told them he was a minister for biblical ministries, but the Web site contains no information on him.