Lubbock pastor sentenced to 20 years in prison - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

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Lubbock pastor sentenced to 20 years in prison

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A former Lubbock pastor is sentenced to the maximum time in prison after using a church issued computer to solicit an undercover officer posing as a 15-year-old girl.

Dean Richard Tarkington appeared in a Lubbock Federal Court on Friday morning, where he was sentenced to ten years in prison, and 20-years supervised release.

Tarkington admitted back in March that he used his church-issued computer to search for pornography. But authorities also seized a personal computer as well.  Tarkington's wife and the church both want the computers back.

His wife says in court records the computer has family and business information that is not backed up. The Word Of Faith Christian Center Church, which no longer has a Lubbock location, claims in court records that important church business information is also at stake.

In June, the federal judge ruled that the request from Word Of Faith will not be considered due to a technicality.  Nothing in the order prevents the church from asking again once the technicality is resolved. Tarkington's wife will have a hearing at a later date that is yet to be scheduled, to get the family computer back in her possession.

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