Who is David Patrick Nims? Church youth director used hidden camera to record kids in bathroom
A Florida youth director has been accused of installing a hidden camera in a bathroom at a Pensacola church and recording innocent children. The man’s arrest comes as his third arrest in just two months.
Volunteer director of Calvary Baptist Church in Pensacola, David Patrick Nims, was busted on Friday, July 16, on eight new counts of video voyeurism after investigators found more videos of people using the restroom there.
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Earlier we have reported similar incidents. North Carolina's pedophile pastor, Rodney Luffman, was charged with 115 sex attacks against children as young as four. We also reported another incident where Florida youth pastor, Andrew Weaver, wanted to have sex with a girl, 17. In 2019, we reported the case of Jeffery Parks, a Chicago pastor who tutored 12-year-old twin sisters and who got arrested for inappropriately touching the students.
On June 7, 2021, Nims, 38, was first arrested on felony video voyeurism after a boy, 14, found a camera underneath a sink in the youth hallway of the church, according to an arrest report obtained by media outlets. Nims was freed from jail later that day after posting a $10,000 bond. On June 11, 2021, he was arrested for the second time after a search at his home revealed more than 100 images of illicit children’s images, deputies said. "None of those child victims appear to have a local connection and were not videotaped by Nims himself," sheriff officials said in a statement. "The files appear to have been downloaded off the internet."
The police department found an SD card and four micro SD cards during the search at his home last month, an arrest report shows. The memory cards included video footage of at least eight people, including three juveniles using the restroom at the church without their knowledge. The camera was placed on a shelf above a toilet in a small room. The videos were taken in March 2021 according to timestamps. Some of the videos also showed Nims installing the camera beneath the restroom sink and then adjusting it, deputies said.
Reports suggest that Nims remained held on $80,000 bond on Tuesday, June 20 at the Escambia County Jail, records show. Pastor Walt Magaha told WEAR-TV in a statement that the church was cooperating with deputies. "While we remain grieved over the allegations and circumstance concerning Mr. David Nims, a former ministry volunteer, our church is focused on caring for those involved, working in full cooperation with law enforcement as they continue their investigation, and loving our congregants and community in the name of Jesus Christ," Magaha said.
Escambia County Sheriff Chip Simmons said that more victims in the case may be identified soon. Some of the footage, more than 180 in all, were also filmed at Nims’ home and his wife’s place of business, the station reported. "Every time we arrested him and we seize more storage devices and more computer equipment then we end up finding more," Simmons said. "Unfortunately, we end up finding more evidence of video voyeurism."