Lansing Twp. Pastor Faces Pornography Charges

By Kevin Grasha
Lansing State Journal
March 24, 2009

A Lansing Township pastor accused of possessing child pornography has resigned from his church and faces up to seven years in prison.

Lloyd M. Hall Jr. last week submitted his letter of resignation to Plymouth Congregational Church, where he had served for about seven years, said Jim DeLine, a spokesman for the church.

The church's board of trustees met Sunday morning and decided to accept 69-year-old pastor's resignation, DeLine said.

A former church employee reported to police that pornographic images had been seen on Hall's laptop in the church.

Hall's attorney, Brian Morley, said the former employee, a janitor, "thought he saw something on the computer" and contacted authorities.

Police seized the laptop.

Hall turned himself in to authorities and was arraigned Thursday in 55th District Court.

"His hope is to make sure that the congregation is not harmed by this," Morley said, adding that Hall and his wife's "primary concern is the well-being of the church."

Hall is charged with three counts of possessing child pornography and one count of using a computer to commit a crime. He faces up to seven years in prison on the computer charge if convicted, said Ingham County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Lisa McCormick. He faces up to four years in prison on the child pornography charges if he is convicted.

Hall is free on a $1,000 personal recognizance bond.

A preliminary hearing, which determines if there is enough evidence for a trial, is scheduled for April 2.

Read more on this story in Wednesday's Lansing State Journal.



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