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Pervy priests arrested for sex offences in separate incidents

Pervy priests arrested for sex offences in separate incidents

The Rev Joshua C Scheil, 28, left, and pastor Stephen Glenn Charest, 66, were arrested this week for alleged sex offences in Oshkosh,Wisconsin, and at Lake Fannie in Florida.

Scheil, according to this report, was charged in Winnebago County Circuit Court, where Commissioner Bryan Keberlein set a $10,000 cash bond.

He faces charges of attempted child enticement, using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime and causing a child 13 years old or younger to view or listen to sexual activity.

According to a news release from the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office, Scheil contacted an undercover crime analyst who was posing as a 13-year-old girl from the Oshkosh area. Scheil said he would be in the Oshkosh area April 11 to 13 and would be staying in a hotel.

He sent sexually explicit messages several times, saying he wanted to have sexual relations with her when he came to town. He also sent an explicit image.

In a follow-up message, he was in town and asked to meet. When Scheil showed up for the meeting, authorities arrested him.

Scheil serves as a pastor at Hope Lutheran Church in Twin Lakes, according to the church’s website.

The South Wisconsin District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod held its spring pastors conference April 11 to 13 at the Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel.

If convicted on all counts, Scheil could face a maximum sentence of 71 years in prison. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 2.

Charest was nabbed for allegedly trying to get an undercover officer to perform oral sex on him in public.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says Charest was arrested and charged with one count of solicitation to commit lewdness after the incident happened near the Lake Fannie boat ramp.

According to the undercover deputy’s report, Charest, who is a pastor at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Lake Wales, walked into a wooded area near the ramp, and because of recent reports of lewd activity nearby, the deputy followed.

Then after some casual conversation I asked the unknown male what he was doing in the wooded area. The defendant stated the following, ‘I want you to [expletive describing a lewd act]’.

The affidavit goes on to say that the deputy questioned Charest’s intentions at least two more times before his arrest.

The sheriff’s office says Charest was booked into the Polk County Jail, and then later released after posting a $250 bond.

Hat tip: Peter Sykes (Scheil report)

8 responses to “Pervy priests arrested for sex offences in separate incidents”

  1. Lurker111 says:

    “near the Lake Fannie boat ramp.”

    Lake “Fannie”? Y’know, if I put stuff like that into my fiction, no agent or editor would touch it.

    Paddle it, maybe.

  2. Trevor Blake says:

    Thank heavens men like Rev. Scheil are rare. I can’t imagine what it would be like to read of rapist clergy on a regular basis for decades on end, each one excused as a singular bad apple, most sheltered by their coreligionists.

    Why, that might cause an atheist to feel anger.

  3. Broga says:

    Holy Spirit Catholic Church. You could compile a book of these elevated and so holy names for churches all designed to lure the gullible. And then they have the titles Father, Reverend etc. But scratch the surface and so many are sexual predators preying on the families who deliver their children to them.

    I wonder what this pair of charmers had got up to in the years before they were caught?

    I heard a piece on the radio about the importance of faith to the Royal Family. Indeed, indeed.

  4. Barry Duke says:

    “You could compile a book of these elevated and so holy names for churches all designed to lure the gullible.”

    Oh yes, Broga, and let me add the Church of Clamor to God Ministry International. Intrigued? I will be posting a piece about this outfit tomorrow.

  5. sailor1031 says:

    The first case (Scheil) sounds like pure entrapment to me. And he obviously isn’t guilty of the 3rd charge since he never had any communication with a 13year-old. 71 years sounds rather too long for what he actually did do. OTOH he deserves something for sheer stupidity.

  6. CoastalMaineBird says:

    Trevor Blake: that might cause an atheist to feel anger.

    Yeah, and if it gets REALLY bad, it might cause a believer to feel anger.

  7. Daz says:

    Hypocritical clerics caught with their pants ’round their ankles? Gosh, it must be a day with a “y” in its name!

  8. Robster says:

    People wanting to work with or near children need to undergo a check before being permitted to do so. Surely the same sort of thing could be done for the about to be set free amongst normal people clergies to be? I’m sure science has developed a test for clergies to be to undertake before being released onto the public. We test the pool with a strip you dunk into the water and years ago, diabetics had to pee on a strip to test blood sugar readings. The clerically compromised must be subjected to similar tests for sexual normality, for example to check hormone levels, shown images of young people and their heart rate monitored and other specifically designed tests for imminent clerics. If they fail one, electro shock therapy can be employed in the long road to being considered trustworthy with other mammals and ordination undertaken.