WHEELWRIGHT – David Boyd, former pastor of the Wheelwright Baptist Church, and as of press time still listed as director of the Wheelwright Baptist Center, was arrested early Friday morning and charged with distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.
The arrest comes after the Kentucky State Police Crime Division in Frankfort received a tip from the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children.
The investigation, led by Jeremy Giles of the Kentucky State Police, seized evidence such as electronic devices that were sent to the KSP Crime Lab for evidence of pornographic material. Enough evidence was found to send Boyd’s case to the Floyd County Grand Jury where he was indicted on a Class D Felony. If convicted, Boyd, also known as Dabo, could face up to five years in prison.
Residents of the small community of Wheelwright are shocked by the allegations. Boyd returned to his hometown of Wheelwright in 2012 with his wife and two sons to take over the Wheelwright Baptist Center. The Center was once under the ownership and direction of the Kentucky Baptist Convention and is currently serves as the Appalachian headquarters of World Servants.
Boyd stepped down as pastor of the Wheelwright Baptist Church as allegations were made public and evidence was seized by state police.
Boyd was released on a $10,000 surety bond and put on home incarceration. He is scheduled to appear back in court on April 11 at 1 p.m. More charges could be pending as evidence is being analyzed.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.