[Seminole, FL] A 27-year-old man who is a member of a Christian rock band and an instructor at Northside Christian was arrested after authorities discovered nude photos of minor girls on his cell phone and laptop.
Michael James White, of St. Petersburg, was arrested on Monday, Aug. 22, after he was found loitering and prowling on the grounds of Seminole Middle School on the first day of school, according to a Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department report.
Seminole Middle School personnel reported to the School Resource Officer Unit that a man was sitting in a vehicle in the parking lot of Seminole Middle, facing Seminole High School at about 2:30 p.m. on Monday. When the SROs approached the vehicle, the suspect became nervous and then proceeded to tell deputies that he had inappropriate photos of minor girls on his cell phone.
The suspect consented to turn over his phone to deputies; and at that time was arrested for loitering and prowling and for trespassing on school grounds.
Crimes Against Children detectives were called to investigate and upon further analysis of the phone and of the suspect’s laptop discovered numerous photos of naked minor females. Only one of the naked females has been identified so far.
On Aug. 23, following an interview with White, it was discovered that he had engaged in sexual activity with the minor. An additional charge of two-counts sexual performance by a minor was placed on White; as well as a charge of lewd and lascivious battery.
Three of those charges are felonies.
The victim is a 16 year-old who is known to the suspect. No further details are to be released because of her age.
According to 10 News, White is the drummer in a Christian rock group and has participated in band camps as an instructor at Northside Christian.
Internet searches show White is (was) the drummer for producer, singer-songwriter and minister Brian Pflieger who grew from humble beginnings as a homeless high school drop-out to local Christian-rock prominence. According to Pflieger’s Facebook page, the band plays worship-ambient-acoustic rock with a touch of R&B.
Most of the recent pictures and videos of the band – which would have featured White – seem to have been removed.
By: Mark Christopher/Sunshine Slate
Images: Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, Matt White’s Facebook Page, Northside Christian’s facebook Page Resources: Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, 10 News, Brian Pflieger’s Facebook Page