June 8, 2012 | by Phil Reese
Lutheran leader sentenced on child porn charges
Marcus Bachmann, gay news, Washington Blade

Marcus and Michele Bachmann belonged to a church that counted itself as part of this synod until six days before announcing her candidacy for presidency. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

MILWAUKEE — According to Truth Wins Out, a watchdog group specializing in anti-gay advocates, Joel W. Hochmuth, was sentenced to one year in jail with work release privileges and 10 years probation for the possession of child pornography.

At the time of his arrest, Hochmuth was the communications director for the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, a conservative branch of Lutheranism known for using particularly strong language condemning same-sex couples. Michele Bachmann and her husband Marcus were members of a church belonging to this synod until six days before she officially launched her bid for the Republican presidential nomination. Marcus Bachmann’s counseling practice has been accused of prescribing “reparative” or “conversion” therapy to gay patients.

Hochmuth was fired by the WELS after he was arrested and his computer — which contained pornographic images and video of children — was seized.

 

1 Comment
  • It is inappropriate to attach Marcus Bachmann’s photo to this news piece. Please, take it down.

    If evidence is available which links Bachmann to Hochmuth, go ahead and report it.

    (I am a gay Minnesotan who looks forward to seeing Michele and Marcus Bachmann fade into obscurity sooner than later, and no fan of WELS.)

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