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Black Collar Crime: Evangelical Pastor Joel Waltz Charged with Sexual Exploitation

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According to a report in the Boone Republican News, Joel Waltz, one time youth pastor of Grace Community Church in Boone, Iowa, has been charged with “sexual exploitation by a counselor of therapist, a Class D felony.” The Republican News article states:

A former Boone youth pastor, accused of having inappropriate contact with a now-20-year-old woman off-and-on since she was 16, was arrested Monday after turning himself in to Story County Jail, police said.

Joel M. Waltz, 47, is charged with sexual exploitation by a counselor of therapist, a Class D felony.

According to Ames Police Cmdr. Geoff Huff, the victim met Waltz when she was 11, and used to meet with him on a regular basis until she was 18. Huff said that the victim described Waltz as a father figure, before he confessed his love for her when she turned 16.

Huff said the two began a sexual relationship that occurred in several locations around Boone and Ames, where the victim lived.

Waltz resigned from his position at Grace Community Church in March 2016, shortly after the allegations were brought against him.

Notes

Grace Community Church Facebook page

2013 Iowa Living Magazine about Joe Waltz

Update

On December 6, 2017, Grayson Schmidt, a reporter for The Ames Tribune reported:

A former Boone youth pastor who pleaded guilty to having inappropriate contact with a now 20-year-old woman off-and-on since she was 16, was sentenced to four years in prison Wednesday, according to Story County Attorney Jessica Reynolds.

Joel Mark Waltz, 47, pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor in October, a week before he was set to go to trial.

Waltz was arrested in late March and originally charged with sexual exploitation by a counselor or therapist, a Class D felony.

According to Ames Police Cmdr. Geoff Huff, the woman met Waltz when she was 11 years old, and met with him on a regular basis until she was 18. Huff said the woman described Waltz as a father figure before he confessed his love for her when she turned 16.

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