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Former church youth director charged with child porn and possession of illegal weapons

Note: This story has been updated to include formal charges filed in this case.

A Corsicana man described as a genius and who served as a church youth director has been formally charged in a bizarre case that began to unfold in an Ennis drug store.

Harvey Alec Strain has now been charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography and 2 counts of possession of a prohibited weapon.

The suspect remains in custody at the Navarro County Justice Center.

Navarro County Sheriff’s investigators discovered 45 weapons and more than 100,000 rounds of ammunition at a Corsicana man’s home off West Highway 31 when they went in to execute an arrest warrant for suspected possession of child pornography.

Police arrested Harvey Alec Strain Friday on charges related to the pornography and took into custody electronics including a computer as well as weapons that ranged from automatic assault rifles to shotguns, some of which police said are illegally owned.

The investigation into the 79-year-old man began in Ennis earlier this week after employees at a local drug store reported to Ennis police that Strain attempted to edit what appeared to be a photo of a naked child on one of the photo-editing kiosks. The employees took cell phone photos of Strain as he attempted to edit the photo, according to Ennis police.

Det. Sgt. Jason York with the Ennis Police Department had the photo of Strain placed on his desk Tuesday and realized he knows the man personally.

“I knew who it was. He was my youth director at a church in Corsicana in the late 80s and early 90s. I mean, I knew him by name. He lived about half a mile from the church I went to growing up,” York said.

York said growing up, he saw Strain walking around his property in Army fatigues, carrying machine guns from time to time.

“Everyone just assumed he was former military and didn’t want people trespassing on his property, but it looks like now he may have done that because he was paranoid.”

The Ennis Daily News hasn’t confirmed that Strain has military ties.

York said Strain’s wife died of cancer years ago, which caused him a great deal of grief, but he also described the 79-year-old as a man with well-above-average intelligence.

“The dude’s a genius. I want to say he worked as a chemical engineer or something – some sort of scientist, but I can’t remember exactly what it is he did.”

The Navarro County Sheriff’s Office didn’t immediately return calls.

Justin Tubbs
justin@ennisdailynews.com

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