Southern Illinois Pastor Placed on Leave for Being Accused of Blackmailing Teen

A pastor of Marion First United Methodist Church was temporarily relieved of duties. Reverend John S. Hackmann, Jr., 45, was charged with child pornography and intimidation. The Williamson County sheriff said on Monday he had bonded out of the Williamson County Jail. Officials say Hackmann’s preliminary hearing was set for November 19, 2020. Court documents state Hackmann solicited a teen to get lewd photos of female friends that are her age. He’s accused of threatening to show the teen’s mother a private video of her and boyfriend. Conference leadership said they were notified of Hackmann’s arrest by Williamson County authorities. They said an interim pastor will be assigned to the church.

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