Youth minister puts camera in Florida church restroom: cops

A volunteer director of a Pensacola Baptist church has been accused of installing a camera in the church’s restroom, authorities say.

The hidden camera was found Sunday in one of the bathrooms at Calvary Baptist Church, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office said. After an investigation, detectives named 37-year-old David Nims as a suspect.

Nims works as a volunteer youth ministries director at the church. He is also responsible for the care of a child under the age of 16, MPs say.

Investigators served a warrant at his home, which is only about 10 minutes from the church, but did not say what they found during their search.

Nims was charged with one count of video voyeurism by someone 18 or older. He was arrested on Monday but was released from jail later that day.

MPs say additional charges could arise as the case continues to be investigated. The sheriff’s office says anyone who thinks they are a victim or knows someone who might be should call the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office at 850-436-9620.

This story was originally published June 8, 2021 8:25 p.m.

The Miami Herald’s real-time reporter Devoun Cetoute covers breaking news, the coronavirus pandemic in Florida and the overall mission. He graduated from the University of Florida and grew up in Miami. Theme parks, movies and cars are on his mind both inside and outside the office.

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