Marion, Ill. pastor temporarily on leave, accused of blackmailing teen for nude photos

Updated: Oct. 19, 2020 at 3:10 PM CDT
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MARION, Ill. (KFVS) - 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.

According to the State’s Attorney’s Office, Hackmann’s preliminary hearing was set for Nov. 19.

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.

The following was posted in the public Facebook group “Illinois Great Rivers Conference - The United Methodist Church.”

They said an interim pastor will be assigned to the church.

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