Anti-Gay Lutheran Official Jailed for Child Porn Charges
The former communications director for a conservative anti-gay Lutheran sin-off denomination was sentenced to one year in jail on Monday for the possession of child pornography, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
Joel Hochmuth, 52, from Waukesha, Wis., who was an official of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS), will spend the next year in jail with work release privileges and 10 years probation. Although Judge Kathryn Foster of the Waukesha County Wisconsin Circuit Court did not send Hochmuth to prison she did say she would sentence him the full 25-year prison sentence if there was any indication of him "going back to any kind of behavior like this."
Hochmuth was charged in November with three counts of child porn possession and was subsequently fired by the WELS a day later. The 52 year old downloaded hundreds of pictures of boys having sex with other children and men, the newspaper says.
According to Truth Wins Out, the FBI Cyber Crimes Task Force found 310 images and 38 videos on his flash drive.
The website also points out the WELS’s anti-gay teachings. The church says being gay "excludes people from eternal life," and calls it one of "Satan’s cunning, deceitful lies," an "unholy lifestyle," and that people are not born gay. The church also says that it condemns all gay rights activists for their "efforts...to condone their homosexuality and to deny that anything is wrong with it."