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Statute of Limitations Runs Out on Youth Pastor That Filmed Girls Showering
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Thomas Fortenberry

Summary: A youth pastor secretly filmed four teenage girls showering naked at the church, but he will not face any criminal charges since the statute of limitations ran out.

A Texas youth pastor setup an elaborate scheme to secretly record four teenage girls taking a shower. The four girls were drenched in honey following a “Fear Factor” inspired activity at the church.


Thomas Fortenberry hid a video camera so that he could watch four teenage girls shower naked after being covered in honey. Fortenberry, 30, was the youth pastor at Great Harvest Community Church in Pasadena. He was holding a “Fear Factor” game where the four girls that he selected would be covered in honey, among other challenges. Once the contest was over, he instructed them to “take a shower and wash the honey” off.

However, the incident happened back in 2007 so the statute of limitations has expired, preventing prosecutors from filing any charges. The felony charges lodged against Fortenberry were dismissed because the statute of limitations for improper photography/visual recording is three years.

Investigators were not told of the incident until one of the girls came forward. She had gone on to date Fortenberry. Once their relationship turned serious to where “they might be married,” he confessed what he had done. He told the victim, now 21, “that he had secretly videotaped her taking a shower” at the church. She was 17 when the filming took place.

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She told police that he had admitted to recording the other three girls, two of which were 15 at the time and the other was 17. When police went to Fortenberry, he only stated that he “has done things that he should not have done.”

Do you think having a statute of limitations of only three years is too short? Tell us what you think it should be in the comments below.

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