Unitarian Universalist Church of Harrisburg minister David Kohlmeier, 46, of Devon, was one of five men arrested Monday on felony charges after they were allegedly caught trying to solicit sex from an undercover officer posing as a 14-year-old.
Police departments in Montgomery County, along with Homeland Security Investigations and the Pennsylvania Internet Crimes Against Children task force, discovered the suspects' individual attempts to use social media platforms to contact minor children to have sexual relations with the children, according to a news release from the county district attorney's office.
Each engaged in sexually explicit electronic communications with a person they believed was a minor child, and some of them also sent sexually explicit photos to the purported 14-year-old, according to the release. Each of the five defendants then appeared at an agreed-upon meeting location in Conshohocken with the intent of having sexual relations with the minor child, police said.
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Kohlmeier was arrested on Sept. 16 and has been charged with felony contact with a minor-sexual offense, attempted involuntary deviate sexual Intercourse, attempted statutory sexual assault, attempted aggravated indecent assault and criminal use of a communications facility, as well as related misdemeanor charges, according the news release and an affidavit.
He was arraigned before District Judge Harry J. Nesbitt III, who set bail at $99,000 cash. During a bail review hearing on Sept. 19, Court of Common Pleas Judge Henry S. Hilles III reduced bail to 10 percent.
Kohlmeier posted bail and was released. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Sept. 28.
A voicemail message left at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Harrisburg requesting comment was not immediately returned. ABC27 reported that the church released a statement saying Kohlmeier has been relieved of all duties and will not be allowed on church property.
This article originally appeared on York Daily Record: Harrisburg minister accused of trying to solicit sex from minor