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A man who served as associate youth pastor and principal of a church preschool, has been arrested and charged with felony promoting of child pornography.

Matthew D. Luetke, 35, worked for the Ascension Evangelical Lutheran Church in Missouri from 2006-2013.

Luetke had been under investigation since December by the St. Charles County Cyber Crime Taskforce after undercover detectives began trading child pornography with Luetke online. Luetke was arrested after police searched his home for evidence of child pornography, locating at least 9 images of young girls in various poses and exposing themselves. Luetke confessed to being the sole user of the computer that was seized, admitting that pornography has been a problem for him and that he prefers girls between 11 and 13 years old.

When Brian Kom, current lead pastor at Ascension, heard of Luetke’s arrest, he immediately contacted police who arrived at the church to pick up a computer formally used by Luetke. On Wednesday, Kom sent a letter out to every preschool family who had children enrolled at the school within the last 8 years. A preschool teacher who taught when Luetke was principal says she’s certain that Luetke never had one-on-one interaction with any of the students; there was always another teacher present.

Since his arrest, the church has been very open about speaking to anyone with concerns over Luetke’s involvement with children and the church, though he says the congregation still remains shocked by the news, stating that Luetke was “well-liked.”

Luetke also admitted to police that he has exposed himself to his preschool-aged relatives, allowing them to touch his genitals during the time he lived in Minnesota and Wisconsin from 2004-2008. The investigation is still underway as police check Luetke’s former work computer and gather more evidence against him. He is currently being held in lieu of a $100,000 bond.

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