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Former Embry-Riddle associate professor and local pastor arrested on child porn charges

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A former associate professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, who also serves as a pastor of a Central Florida church, has been arrested on child porn charges.

Daytona Beach police said John Griffin II is in custody after detectives served a search warrant on Wednesday. Detectives said they started investigating Griffin two months ago.

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The 73-year-old was an associate professor of air traffic management at the Daytona Beach university. Griffin is also the pastor at Riverbend Community Church in Ormond Beach.

Embry-Riddle announced Thursday that Griffin was no longer employed by the school.

Detectives said they found hundreds of explicit photos of children on Griffin's computer.

Police said they plan to charge Griffin with at least 30 felony counts of child pornography possession. Investigators said are still actively working this case and could file additional charges.

"We were very dismayed to learn about these charges and allegations,” a spokesperson for Embry-Riddle said.

According to the police report, as Griffin was being led out of his home in handcuffs, he asked his wife to forgive him

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