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NC church leader accused of sending nude pics to 11-year-old boy

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Tyler Simkus Smither

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, N.C. – A North Carolina church leader is accused of sending nude photos of himself to an 11-year-old boy.

The Star News of Wilmington reported that Tyler Simkus Smither, 30, faces two counts of felony indecent liberties with a child.

The victim’s mother reportedly found photos of the suspect on her son’s cellphone and traced the sender’s number to the church that he worked at.

The mother contacted both the sheriff’s office and the church. Smither was arrested and his employment at the Masonboro church ended, according to the paper.

The suspect first contacted the victim on a chat website and they eventually began Skyping and texting, according to an affidavit obtained by the paper.