MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Officials say a pastor at a south metro church was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of possessing child porn.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says 47-year-old William Leonard Helker, of Pine City, was taken into custody without incident at his home.

Agents with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force made the arrest following a search of Helker’s home and All Saints Lutheran Church in Cottage Grove, where he serves as pastor.

Helker was booked into the Pine County Jail, pending formal charges.

The All Saints Lutheran Church released this statement Friday:

“We are aware of the arrest of William Helker and he was placed on administrative leave yesterday. We are concerned and ask prayers for all affected and will cooperate fully with law enforcement. We are committed to providing safe spaces for all children and youth at All Saints and in the community.”

Comments (9)
  1. David Harris says:

    If true, absolutely disgusting and he deserves to be locked up. Gives Christianity a bad name.

    1. Kally Waters says:

      It gives telling our kids to trust someone a bad name. Who the heck can kids go to for help anymore? Teachers, cops, firemen, youth leaders all have people among them that are into child porn and child molestation. Maybe more so in these groups than any other.

  2. binladen says:

    He’s a ‘pastor’ in the totally apostate ELCA denomination, a church group that ordains active “gays” as bishops.

  3. Kally Waters says:

    This person is a MONSTER! He will never get better or be OK around kids. He will always be a criminal. This is not like getting a speeding ticket. I hope they will not just put him at another church then in the future we have to read about his long history after he has hurt many victims. Was it “gay” boy porn? Was he into that? How long before he was going to do the real thing?

  4. Kally Waters says:

    Pictures he was looking at were children being hurt in the worst ways ever? Do you think at church he would look your kids and and have ideas about doing the same sick sex stuff to them? Yes he did. Now deal with it.

    1. Tom Evenstad says:

      Kally, you seem to be infatuated with child sex perverts. Perhaps you are masquerading as one yourself! Your comments seem to suggest that. Do you have pictures of kids being abused? Do you like abusing kids? Would you like to abuse me? First, have you cleaned it up?

      1. Kally Waters says:

        I am trying to wake people up (shock them if needed) to the danger of child molesters and some people’s ho hum.. what ever… attitude about them. THEY ARE MONSTERS and NEVER get better. They are all very dangerous! We need 80 year sentences for these MONSTERS. Wake up people, please ask your elected officials to increase the prison time for these crimes!
        Tom, I hope you are not one of those people who think that this crime is just like a some other crime, pay a little fine, do some jail time then you are OK and everyone should accept you back because you “paid your debt” and now you can go about your business like it was nothing…
        I hate these people and really come on too strong about it, sorry… Irish blood.

  5. snapjudy says:

    Viewing, possessing, distributing, and/or creating child porn is a serious crime, and for good reason. The children in the photos are being sexually used and abused. This causes lifelong pain and suffering for those innocent children. Also, it’s not uncommon for those who do possess child porn to sexually abuse children. So let’s hope that if anyone has knowledge or may have been harmed by William Leonard Helker will find the courage to contact law enforcement no matter how long ago it happened.
    Your silence only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others.

    Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511. snapjudy@gmail.com,
    SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests)

  6. Thank you for working to protect children.