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The Rev. Gerald Hechenberger
The Rev. Gerald Hechenberger

The Rev. Gerald Hechenberger, associate pastor of Holy Childhood Church and school in Mascoutah, was charged Tuesday, Jan. 9 with 16 counts of child pornography and one count of possession of methamphetamine.

He has pleaded not guilty.

He was taken into custody Monday, Jan. 8 and his bail was set at $2 million. He remained in the St. Clair County Jail as of Thursday afternoon.

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