Cottage Grove, Minn. pastor arrested following child pornography investigation

- A 47-year-old pastor has been arrested during a child pornography investigation.

According to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, William Helker was arrested Wednesday at his home in Pine City after authorities searched the home and a Cottage Grove church during a child pornography investigation.

Helker was arrested after Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force executed search warrants at his home and All Saints Lutheran Church in Cottage Grove. He was booked into the Pine County Jail on suspicion of possessing pornography involving minors.

Helker is listed as an associate pastor on the All Saints Lutheran Church website.

The BCA says the investigation is active and ongoing. Charges in this case are pending.

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