GAYLORD, Minn. (AP) — A jury has convicted the former pastor of a southern Minnesota church of having sexual contact with a 16-year-old foreign exchange student.
The jury deliberated about four hours before finding 52-year-old David E. Radtke guilty Friday.
Prosecutors allege the ex-pastor of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church near Gibbon gave the girl late-night back massages, and touched her sexually in his home one night last May.
Radtke took the stand Thursday. He said he was responsible for inappropriately touching the girl, which he considered a sin, but he said he was not guilty of a crime. He said he and the girl were fully clothed.
The girl also testified they had been fully clothed and the contact was brief. She said Radtke apologized for the contact, but that she didn’t forgive him.
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