Former Church Official's Probation Revoked

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by Michele McCormack

WAUKESHA---A judge revoked the probation of 53-year-old Joel Hochmuth Wednesday and ordered him to prison for four years.

Court documents reveal he violated court orders to stay away from the Internet and hasn't followed terms of his work release schedule.

Hochmuth also admitted to masturbating in some woods near his workplace.

Hochmuth lost his job at the Wisconsin Lutheran Synod last year after he was arrested on child porn charges.

Last June, the judge said at his sentencing that he had to avoid deviant behavior if he wanted to keep his freedom.

After the initial four years behind bars, he'll have another five of extended supervision and then will be ordered to meet all the standard terms applied to sex offenders once released.

 

 

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