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Former ‘Star Search’ winner charged with 6 counts of burglary

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ERIC CORNELISON
The Ellis County Press
MIDLOTHIAN - A former 'Star Search' winner was charged with six counts of burglary of a school building Saturday, Jan. 27.

David Nelson Slater, 44 of Cedar Hill, had won the ‘Star Search' competition in 1987, took home $100,000 and made two albums for Capitol Records before succumbing to temptation.

This was not the first time Slater has been in trouble with the law.

In 2001, police in Nashville, Tenn. caught him stealing cash and credit cards form unlocked cars at the local YMCA.

During a 2002 Associated Press interview, Slater said, 'I crossed a line I never really thought I could cross.'

Slater was accused of taking computers and computer equipment dating back almost two years, officials stated.

Police and school officials were unsuccessful in capturing the burglars until school leaders installed surveillance equipment.

The equipment recorded Slater going into a computer lab with a key and then walking out with the equipment.

Britton Snipes of the Midlothian Police Department said, 'Once we obtained the video, we called members of the church and someone knew who he was.'

Slater had become a pastor for the Church of Christ and had once served as associate pastor for Christ Family Fellowship of Ellis County, where officials said they believed he obtained a key to the Frank Seale Middle School.

Christ Family Fellowship no longer meets at the middle school, but other churches rent space on the weekends and that was how officials believe Slater gained access to school property.

After a search of Slater's home, police found stolen school merchandise and memorabilia from the talent show.

Slater was being held in the Ellis County Jail on $180,000 bond and police were asking if anyone had information on the remaining stolen equipment to contact the department at 972-775-3333.

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