Former “Star Search” winner David Nelson Slater, 44, has been arrested and charged with six counts of burglary of a building - a state jail felony - relating to offenses reported by the Midlothian ISD.

In a press release issued Saturday, Midlothian police said they have video surveillance tape of Slater inside Frank Seale Middle School. Police said they believe Slater may have been responsible for burglary of offenses at the school that have occurred over the past two years.

“Video surveillance tape of the offense that occurred just after midnight on Jan. 22, was provided to the police by the Midlothian Independent School District,” the press release reads. “In the tape, Slater is seen entering one of the school’s computer labs with a key and leaving with several computers. The video also shows Slater making several trips to his car and loading it with computer equipment. He is also seen walking the halls of the school during church services that Sunday morning.”

Police said Slater may have obtained the key while serving as associate pastor with the Christ Family Fellowship of Ellis County, which used to meet for Sunday services at the school. This church no longer meets at Frank Seale Middle School.

“Through interviews with members of the church that currently meets at the school, Slater was identified and located,” the press release reads. “The police executed a search warrant on his home in Cedar Hill where evidence from the burglaries was found and seized.”

Slater was arrested without incident and remains in custody at Wayne McCollum Detention Center under $180,000 bond.

According to Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia, Slater was the 1987 male vocalist champion on “Star Search,” a television show from 1983 to 1995 hosted by Ed McMahon, which also appeared as a remake in 2003-2004. Essentially a large talent show, “Star Search” established a format later utilized by other programs, notably “American Idol.”

According to Wikipedia, winners of the male vocalist category were awarded $100,000 and a record contract.

After winning “Star Search,” Slater signed a recording contract with Capitol Records and launched a country music career in Nashville, releasing two critically-acclaimed albums on Capital in the late 1980s entitled “Exchange of Hearts” and “Be with Me.”

Several of Slater’s radio singles reached the top 40 on Billboard and other charts, according to Wikipedia, which said Slater performs regularly as a singer and piano player in the Dallas area, playing his own music and specializing in performing nolstalgic pop hits made famous by such singers as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Elvis Presley and others.

The Midlothian Police Department is asking anyone who may have purchased a computer from Slater to call the department and ask to speak with an investigator. The department may be reached at (972) 775-3333.

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