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Police arrest director of the Lufkin Boys and Girls Club on child porn charges

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Lufkin Police Department arrested the director of the Lufkin Boys and Girls Club Wednesday on three counts of sexual performance by a child and three counts of possession of child pornography.

According to an arrest affidavit released by police, a person reported seeing child pornography on a laptop belonging to Patrick Sanders, 51, of Lufkin.

Sanders allowed detectives to take his laptop for examination, the affidavit stated, where they discovered numerous child pornography photos.

In one photo, a child was identified and interviewed by a detective. The child said Sanders took nude photos of him. The victim at the time was 17 years old.

According to the affidavit, Patrick admitted to taking the photographs at his home several months ago.

"We take these allegations very seriously. We put Mr. Sanders on leave once we knew of the investigation, which was yesterday." Jeff Woods, executive director of Boys and Girls Club of Deep East Texas.

Woods said Sanders was placed on paid leave until they found out more about the investigation.

Sanders worked for the Lufkin Boys & Girls Club for 13 years, Woods said, and he had no reason to suspect Sanders for any wrongdoing. He also said the Boys & Girls Club does background checks on all their employees.

"The safety of our children is the most important thing, and we want parents to feel comfortable bringing their kids to the Boys and Girls Club," Woods said. "Our staff is very qualified and able to handle the operation in his absence."

Woods said the Boys & Girls Club is not providing counseling to the children regarding the arrest, but they are sending a notification home in the form of a letter to parents today, informing them about the incident and letting them know their children are safe.

When Rev. Napoleon Shaw, friend of Sanders, first learned the news, he expressed shock and disbelief.

"I will be in prayer for Patrick and I will be praying for the children as well, hoping for the best for the children," Shaw said.

Sanders' bond is set at $50,000 per count, totaling $300,000. A press release from LPD states several bond restrictions were also placed on him.

The conditions include:

* No communication with the alleged victim.

* He shall not be within the presences of any child unless an adult is present.

* He shall not go within 100 yards of an area of concentrated use by children, including a park, movie theater or zoo.

* No consuming or possessing alcohol.

* He shall report weekly to the probation department for drug and alcohol testing.

* No possession of a gun.

* Reporting any change in employment or residence.

* He can not leave the county without permission.

* No possessing or using a computer or camera equipment without permission.

* He has to wear a GPS device.

The Angelina Rotary Club named Sanders as a "Service Above Self" honoree in May of 2006 for his service at the Boys and Girls Club.

"The children need positive role models," Sanders said when accepting the award. "The need someone to be there for them and for me. I'm the positive person sometimes and my staff are the positive people and the constant person in their lives every day. They see us every day."

Sanders should not be confused with Patrick Sanders of Greater East Texas Head Start.

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