Catholic Priest In Illinois Arrested For Little One Porn, Meth

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A Catholic priest with a checkered historical past was arrested on little one pornography and drug prices.

Rev. Gerald R. Hechenberger of the Holy Childhood Catholic Church in Mascoutah, Illinois was arrested on Monday morning and held on $2 million bail.

Performing on a tip from the Legal professional Common’s process drive, police seized digital units on the church and located a number of images and a video involving youngsters beneath the age of 13.

“It’s unknown at the moment if Hechenberger produced any of the pictures himself, or if he has had any inappropriate contact with youngsters straight,” the Belleville police mentioned, including that oldsters with suspicions relating to the priest’s conduct ought to contact authorities.

Hechenberger, who was charged with eight counts of possession and eight counts of disseminating little one porn, was additionally discovered with methamphetamine and drug paraphernelia.

The diocese issued a press release to the Belleville Information-Democrat that learn, “It is a very severe matter for Father Hechenberger. At this level, the diocese has no purpose to imagine that any parishioners are affected by this matter.”

Hechenberger was charged with drunken driving in 1983 and driving beneath the affect in 1989, though each prices had been later dismissed.

In 2004, Hechenberger pleaded responsible to trespassing after he was discovered shirtless in a parking zone, in line with a police report cited by the Information-Democrat.

 
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