|Joel Hochmuth just needs a little counseling...|
which did not work before.
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Part of Bucher's defense for Hochmuth will be posturing. Notice that Bucher frames this as an addiction problem and not an alleged crime. When this case gets further into the legal system, Bucher will point to Hochmuth's progress in the counseling program. It is all part of the plea bargaining process. This case most likely will not go to trial. Considering how WELS leadership is always trying to fleece the members, I am waiting for them to announce that they have established a Joel Hochmuth legal defense fund. All WELS members are on the synod's mailing list. I will be waiting for the form letter and return envelope from the Love Shack.
GJ - Mr. Schultz is correct. Large large firms in Milwaukee specialize in sex offenders. A first offender would get leniency with a plea on a lesser charge, in spite of the evidence (hundreds of files) and admission of guilt. Plenty of WELS church officials - the same ones who are silent about excommunications - will line up to support him.
Notice how quick Joel's previous employer was to deny that anything happened at Kennshaw State, yet he left a full-time teaching position in the area where he had lived in order to work for WELS. He left the teaching position during the Christmas break, an odd time to leave the school.
The True Parable
A pastor in the Michigan District, WELS, discovered that one of the vice-presidents of the district was having an affair. DP Robert Mueller lied to the congregation and the man's wife, telling one and all that the poor man suffered from depression and needed another job.
At some point Mueller was forced to admit his deception. He went to each conference and exhibited his worldly contrition - sorry that he got caught. This was his tale, "He confessed his sin of adultery to me. I told him he was forgiven and agreed to lie about it to his wife and congregation." His got his adulterous pal a cushy job at a WELS senior home.
If the adulterous pastor had been repentant he would not have asked his <s>criminal defense lawyer</s> DP and singing buddy to lie for him.
Here is another part of the true parable. DP Mueller's hatchet man, VP Kuske, went after the pastor who discovered the affair. Evidently Mueller was not at all contrite about lying. He was only sorry he got caught lying.
Kuske's victim said to me, "I am glad my father is dead, so he can't see what the WELS has become." That was about 25 years ago.
Naturally, Mueller and Kuske kept lying about Floyd Luther Stolzenburg, and they had plenty of help from the Little Sect on the Prairie. There is a reason the WELS/ELS leaders favor adulterous and abusive pastors.