Mid-Michigan School Bus Driver Faces Child Porn Charges

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Steven Flick served as a music minister for Jackson's First Baptist Church for more than twenty years.

He ministered to the congregation with music and provided one-on-one music lessons to children.

Now Flick's been charged in connection with child pornography. And one church leader says he's shocked.

"[I] couldn't believe it. It overwhelmed me completely with thoughts," said James Stratton, who's currently serving as moderator for the church.

Flick was charged this week with possession of "child sexually abusive material" and using a computer to commit a crime. He turned himself in to police and was released on bond.

Stratton says he's known Flick for 30 years. He found out about the child porn investigation back in May. That's when the Jackson County Sheriff's Department raided Flick's home on Blue Lane in Summit Township, and found child porn on a computer. The church responded.

"We stopped all music lessons in the church immediately," Stratton said.

Investigators tell News 10 they knew to check Flick's home because of his visits to a Florida-based website authorities describe as a connection between providers of child pornography and those who want to watch it.

A nationwide investigation, headed by the Bureau of Customs and Immigration Enforcement and dubbed "Operation Predator," tracked the website's visitors and alerted local authorities.

Authorites in Jackson then alerted both the church and Jackson Public Schools, where Flick worked as a bus driver since the 1970s. Like the church, the district was notified in May. A spokeswoman says Flick was immediately terminated.

A'Lynne Robinson says an investigation is underway, but records show his employment was "without incident." Robinson added that he received "good" marks on performance reviews.

In the time since the schools and the church were made aware of the investigation, Stratton says he has spoken with his church's longtime music minister.

"[Flick] just said there was never any child molestation going on at all."

Investigators are still working to determine if that's the case. In the meantime, church leaders say Flick will remain in their prayers, and hopefully those of others.

"We ask for prayers for Steve because we know he's having difficult times right now," Stratton said.

Flick is scheduled to appear in court later in August.