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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

WELS Teacher Arrested - Why Not Issue a Call to Don Patterson's District?
That Worked Great for Ski

Traeder, Taylor D Schofield, WI St Matthew Lutheran School Grades 6-8, Athletic Director,
Principal Apprentice

OSHKOSH - An Iron Ridge principal appeared in court Thursday after allegedly sexting an Oshkosh police detective who was posing as a 15-year-old girl. Taylor D. Traeder, 25, appeared in Winnebago Circuit Court for his initial appearance, but the case was adjourned until Friday so Traeder could obtain an attorney. Traeder is charged with four counts of causing a child over the age of 13 to view or listen to sexual activity. If found guilty, he could face up to 24 years in prison and fines totaling $40,000. Oshkosh police arrested. 

Principal charged with child sex crime

OSHKOSH | An Iron Ridge principal appeared in court Thursday after allegedly sexting an Oshkosh police detective who was posing as a 15-year-old girl.
Taylor D. Traeder, 25, appeared in Winnebago Circuit Court for his initial appearance, but the case was adjourned until Friday so Traeder could obtain an attorney.
Traeder is charged with four counts of causing a child over the age of 13 to view or listen to sexual activity. If found guilty, he could face up to 24 years in prison and fines totaling $40,000.
Oshkosh police arrested Traeder Wednesday night.
According to the criminal complaint, an Oshkosh detective found an ad on Craigslist where a man was was looking for a female to chat with and possibly meet.
“Discretion is a must, as I am married and with my position as a teacher,” the ad stated.
The detective responded to the ad and identified himself as a 15-year-old girl from Oshkosh. The detective received a response asking why the 15-year-old read the ad and said, “I’m open to just chatting too, but just thought I would ask.”
The detective e-mailed back and forth with the poster of the ad from Dec. 9 to 10. During those conversations, the poster told the detective that he taught sixth- to seventh-grade students at a really small school and he was also the principal of that school.
According to the criminal complaint, the detective did a Google search of the phone number that was provided and found that it came back belonging to an individual who was the principal at St. Matthews Lutheran Church and School in Iron Ridge. Through the investigation, police identified the principal as Taylor D. Traeder.
According to the criminal complaint, the text messages started turning to a sexual nature on Dec. 11. At one point, the detective received a text saying, “You’re a naughty girl and I’m a naughty teacher.”
The sexually suggestive texts continued, and Traeder sent sexual pictures via text to the detective posing as the teen on Dec. 15. Oshkosh police had sent Traeder a picture of a 14-year-old girl who volunteered a photo for the investigation.
On Dec. 30, Traeder engaged in another text session where he suggested the teen he thought he was texting should visit him. The texts continued until Jan. 8
Traeder was arrested with the assistance of the Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigation and the Dodge County Sheriff’s Department in Iron Ridge and transported to Winnebago County Jail Wednesday.
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OSHKOSH – Oshkosh police have released the name of the 25-year-old man arrested Wednesday for allegedly sending inappropriate photos in text messages to a child.
Taylor D. Traeder from Iron Ridge, WI, was charged with four counts of causing a child to view sexual activity.
Traeder was arrested after a month long investigation by Oshkosh police. Two search warrants were conducted at his home and place of employment in Iron Ridge, WI. Traeder was taken into custody and transported to the Winnebago County Jail Jan. 14, 2015.
Investigators say Traeder had posted an ad on Craigslist looking for a woman to chat with and possibly meet. On Dec. 9, 2014, an Oshkosh Police Detective found the ad in Craigslist and responded that he was a 15-year-old girl from Oshkosh looking to chat as well.
Traeder began sending inappropriate text messages to the detective posing as the 15-year-old girl on Dec. 11. The inappropriate messages continued until Jan. 8.

Traeder, Taylor D Schofield, WI St Matthew Lutheran School Grades 6-8, Athletic Director,
Principal Apprentice
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Man charged with sexting Oshkosh police detective, who was posing as 15-year-old girl



The 25-year-old Iron Ridge man, whom Oshkosh police arrested Wednesday on suspicion of sexting a child, sent inappropriate text messages to a person he thought was a 15-year-old girl, authorities said Friday.
Taylor D. Traeder appeared Friday without an attorney in Winnebago County Circuit Court, where he faces four felony counts of causing a child to view sexual activity. He remains in jail on a $50,000 cash bond.
Oshkosh police, along with the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation and the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office, executed a search warrant at Traeder’s home and work, after a month-long investigation, according to a police department news release.
On Dec. 9, an Oshkosh police detective found an ad Traeder posted on Craigslist, in which Traeder sought a female to chat with and possibly meet, according to the news release. The detective responded to Traeder’s ad, posing as a 15-year-old girl from Oshkosh, and Traeder began sending inappropriate text messages that started on Dec. 11 and continued until Jan. 8.
Authorities are using the incident as an example to remind parents to monitor their children’s Internet and cellphone usage, according to the news release. Anyone with questions about Internet safety may contact the Oshkosh Police Department at (920) 236-5700 or their local law enforcement agency.
Traeder’s next appearance is scheduled for Jan. 29 in Winnebago County Circuit Court.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 OSHKOSH POLICE DEPARTMENT
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(920) 236-5742
Subject: 25 Year-Old Arrested for Four Counts of Causing Child to View Sexual Activity
MEDIA RELEASE
The Oshkosh Police Department is releasing the name of the 25 year-old male from Iron Ridge, WI on who was arrested on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 for four counts of causing child to view sexual activity.
Taylor D. Traeder, a 25 year-old male from Iron Ridge, WI, was arrested after a month long investigation by Oshkosh Police. Two search warrants were conducted at his residence and place of employment and these were conducted with the assistance of the WI Department of Criminal Investigation and the Dodge
County Sheriff’s Office in Iron Ridge, WI. Traeder was taken into custody and transported to the Winnebago County Jail on January 14, 2015.
Traeder had posted an ad on Craigslist looking for a female to chat with and possibly meet. On December
9, 2014, an Oshkosh Police Detective found the ad in Craigslist and responded that he was a 15 year-old female from Oshkosh looking to chat as well. Traeder began sending inappropriate text messages to the
Oshkosh Detective posing as the 15 year-old female on December 11, 2014. The inappropriate messages continued until January 8, 2015.
The Oshkosh Police Department strongly encourages parents/guardians to monitor their child’s usage of the internet and cellular phones. There are sexual predators that are looking to take advantage of our youth. Your active participation in monitoring children’s online activities and phone usage protects them from these predators. If you have questions about internet safety, please contact the Oshkosh Police
Department at (920) 236-5700 or your local police department. 
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Jane's Story: WELS Sexual Harassment

Written by "Jane"

When I accepted the Executive Assistant position at a contemporary WELS church, there were many things I expected, but sexual harassment was not one of them. In addition to the harassment, I witnessed my supervisor and "spiritual leader" demean other women (including members of the church), drink on the job, plagiarize sermons and act in the very manner you would not expect from a "called servant of The Lord".

I almost immediately observed the pastor's casualness, lack of boundaries, and what I perceived as downright laziness at times. His standards and expectations for my position as the assistant seemed to exceed his own standards as the pastor. 


Shortly after starting my position, I received a text message sometime after midnight from my supervisor telling me I should have sex with my husband. We never requested counseling or advice in this realm so his inappropriateness was rather strange at best to us. We strived to take words and actions in the best possible way. I was subjected to many routine "lapses in judgement" by my spiritual leader. Including an incident of him showing me a video that depicted nude male genitals while alone in his office.Is there ever a correct context for a supervisor to show anything like this to his married employee? (I will discuss this more at another time).

As he pushed the boundaries and inappropriateness, my conscience began to nag at me. Through even the darkest days, I allowed myself to believe that these behaviors were normal. Yet I began to feel torn between my loyalty to the church and the moral issues at hand.

I spent many nights awake and hovered over my bible in tears. There was something very wrong about what was going on at that church. I've seen it all first hand and, yet, felt obligated to keep it all a secret. It was the kind of secret that absolutely tormented me, but I thought I was doing the right thing at the time (just another lie we are led to believe as victims).

After months of utter frustration the hostile work environment began to take a toll on me and my husband. I prayerfully considered if perhaps this was an unhealthy situation for me to be in. So I gave my notice and was told to tell members of the congregation that I "wasn't a good fit" when I left my position. It was unbearable to work with a man that continued to ignore, scream, belittle, degrade and humiliate me. I left this job feeling worthless and far less confident than when I started (which was previously at a Fortune 100 company).

I suffered in silence while working at that church. I fell into a deep darkness from all that I experienced and witnessed there and its leadership. Shortly after I left the position my depression began to spiral. We maintained membership at this "relevant" church because of the relationships that we had formed with other Christians and did not want to neglect our spiritual life. The final straw was when an assault rifle was used as a sermon prop.

We decided it was best to seek the counsel of a trusted pastor since the leadership at this church either outright condoned or failed to supervise its employees and their behavior. We were convicted to resolve all this in a Christ centered way. Our hope was to see positive changes and healing for all. 



How many times does a synod president attend a
congregational meeting to cut a deal with the district president?
Mark Schroeder did, and Ski got another call.


My husband and I have continued to fight an endless battle for justice in the synod and to see that this doesn't happen to someone else. We've patiently been in contact with top synod leaders. We've encountered roadblocks, never ending circles and have witnessed inconsistencies throughout the disciplinary processes within the synod. By the Grace of God, we've encountered wonderful brothers and sisters in Christ to share in our burden. Unfortunately, we've also encountered timid leaders and those hesitant to publicly speak for the truth. People seem to selectively choose which commandments and passages to throw at you while ignoring others.

The journey has been incredibly lonely and frustrating since we were asked to remain silent and be patient. We are exhausted and completely astonished that after everything was brought into the light this man continues to be a pastor and counsel members. We will continue to persevere with others until positive changes are made in this synod so that all victims of abuse are protected rather than the perpetrators.

Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, (‭Romans‬ ‭5‬:‭3‬ ESV)

Jeff Schone went from being an awful pastor
to being an awful administrative bully at Martin Luther College:
zero tolerance for confessional students, who are driven out.