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Michigan Youth Minister Charged With Child Sex Crimes

A former youth minister in Port Huron, Michigan, is being held on a $25,000 bond after being charged with sex crimes against four juveniles.

William Stefan Wahl, 28, of Port Huron, is accused of criminal sexual conduct with four underage victims he met through his job as a youth minister at The River Church in Kimball Township, the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department said.

Wahl was charged with two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a victim younger than 13, two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct with a victim between 13 and 16, distributing obscene matter to children, aggravated indecent exposure and using computers to commit a crime, the Port Huron Times Herald reported.

If convicted, he could face a prison sentence of more than 40 years.

The abuse allegedly happened between 2014 and 2021, and the police investigation began in November 2021.

The River Church, led by co-pastors Bill and Kim Wahl, issued a statement saying its board of elders was made aware of the accusations and terminated William Wahl after an investigation.

He is scheduled to make his next court appearance Feb. 8 in St. Clair County District Court.

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