Youth Minister Charged With Exploiting Rockford Minor

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Jeffrey Morgan Smith of Apex, North Carolina, is charged with exploitation of a minor and is being held under $1 million bail.

Police say arrest warrants accuse Smith of sending pornographic photos of boys to the teen, who lives in Rockford. Warrants also say Smith had a pornographic picture of the Illinois youth.

Police in North Carolina began investigating in early March, when Rockford officials said an Apex resident had exchanged pornographic photos with someone in their city.