A federal judge has sentenced a former northern Indiana pastor and sheriff's department chaplain to more than 12 years in prison for distributing child pornography.

Bernard Squires must serve 12 years and seven months in prison and five years on supervised release. Under a plea agreement, U.S. District Judge Theresa Springmann dismissed a charge of possessing child pornography.

The agreement also required the 65-year-old rural Columbia City man to turn over computer equipment.

Squires was arrested last summer after an investigation by an FBI cyber crimes task force. His computer was found to contain at least 10,000 pornographic images and 5,000 videos.

He led a Southern Baptist congregation in Columbia City and volunteered as a Whitley County Sheriff's Department chaplain.

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