St. Clair County youth pastor charged with criminal sexual assault

Michigan Live [Flint, MI]

January 21, 2022

By Dylan Goetz

A former youth pastor at The River Church in Kimball Township has been arrested and charged with four counts of criminal sexual conduct and three other felony charges.

Port Huron resident William Stefan Wahl, 27, is facing two second degree counts of criminal sexual conduct, two fourth degree counts of criminal sexual conduct, one count of aggravated indecent exposure, one count of distributing explicit material of children and one count of using a computer to commit a crime.

The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest and charges on Friday, Jan. 21.

Police say an the investigation began in late 2021 after hearing allegations of sexual assault of a child by the youth pastor.

The investigation revealed that there were four victims alleging sexual abuse going back to 2014.

A Port Huron Times Herald report states Wahl was terminated last year as an employee by the church’s Board of Elders after the allegations came to light and filed a report with authorities.

Wahl’s bond was set at $25,000.

Police are asking anyone with any additional information or possibly other victims to contact Detective Wade at 810-987-1738.