October 4 2004
GARDEN CITY, Mich. (AP) – A janitor whose body was found in the church
where he worked had hundreds of illegal videotapes in his home, some
depicting the man molesting children in the church restroom, police said.
The body of Todd Darow, 40, was discovered Sept. 23 in Merriman Road
Baptist Church where he worked part-time, but investigators said there
was no sign of foul play. When police went to inform Darow’s wife, they
saw illegal pornography inside the house.
Returning with a search warrant, police said they found the videos, many
of them self-produced and showing Darow improperly touching children in
his home and in a church bathroom.
Other tapes showed people using the bathroom without knowing they were
Police told the Detroit Free Press for Monday’s editions that not all of
the victims had been identified.
The church brought in counselors to discuss how parents can discuss the
incident with their children. The Rev. Wayne Parker said he is trying to
determine what the church could have done to prevent the incidents.
Church officials said Darow had been a church member for several years
before being hired as a part-time janitor. He had substance-abuse
problems in the past, but no prison record in Michigan.
An autopsy on Darow’s body would likely not take place for two to three
months, the medical examiner’s office said.
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