Former Los Alamos Baptist Church pastor Paul Cunningham waived his right to a preliminary hearing in court Tuesday. His case for allegedly downloading child pornography will be sent to district court.
In Los Alamos Magistrate Court, Cunningham, 54, dressed in an orange striped jail uniform, sat quietly in the back two bench rows away from the other inmates. He was taken back to his cell shortly after court began.
Cunningham’s attorney, Stephen Aarons, did not appear with him in court, and could not be reached for comment.
Cunningham did not have a district court date as of Tuesday. He is also still being held on a $5,000 cash surety bond. He’s been in custody since his arrest. Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist said that he would be filing Cunningham’s new court appearances later this week.
Cunningham, 54, was arrested June 16 after an investigation by Los Alamos Police Department and the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office. According to investigators, sexually explicit images of child pornography were discovered that had apparently been downloaded onto a computer allegedly owned by Cunningham.