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.
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)