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MICHIGAN: Lake Orion pastor accused of soliciting minor had two condoms at hotel, Kama Sutra at church

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Rev. William Bendert denied bail for soliciting a minor for sexA Lake Orion pastor accused of soliciting a minor for sex  carried two condoms at the time of his arrest but expressed hesitation whether he would "go through with it," according to prosecutors.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Virginia M. Morgan on Tuesday denied bail for Rev. William Bendert, arrested Friday at a Troy motel where he was set to meet an undercover agent posing as a mother willing to let him provide her 11-year-old daughter with "sexual training."

The FBI says Bendert, pastor of King of Kings Lutheran Church, set up the meeting after repeated online chats -- often quite graphic -- with an undercover agent.

"He indicated he didn’t know if he would go through with it," Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Mulcahy told the judge on Tuesday, according to The Oakland Press.  "He indicated he had thoughts he would not want someone to do this to his own daughter."

Regardless, it appears he came prepared: The FBI says Bendert brought two condoms to the hotel.  The newspaper reports agents also recovered handcuffs and rope from his car and a Kama Sutra guide from his church office.

Defense attorney David Burgess pointed out investigators did not find child pornography on Bendert's computer and requested a psychiatric evaluation.

A pretrial hearing is scheduled Oct. 6.


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