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Cedar Rapids police have arrested year-old Zhang Hongli for prostitution at a local massage parlor. Hongli faces two charges.
The Rev. Jonathan Offt, 41, was among nine men arrested Oct. Offt had been the senior pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church since He was not in church the day after his arrest. James Jennings.
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Members were later told he reed for personal reasons. The Southeast Iowa Union, an employee-owned source for local, and state news coverage for Washington, Mt. Pleasant and Fairfield Iowa.
He was so well-liked,? Kellerman said.
Related Stories. They said his occupation came up during standard questioning as part of the arrest process. Doug Brenneman. Sports Apr. Mariah Giberson.
She said the church was full. Fairfield Ledger E. Broadway, Box Fairfield, IA Pleasant News W. Monroe St. Pleasant, IA A Folience Company. Log out.
Lance Miller said. The whole church and even people outside of the church are very distraught.?
Kiesling wrote in an to The Gazette. A Cedar Rapids minister who was arrested in a prostitution sting in Marion has reed but some members of his church want him back.
Certainly, he wasn? Another member, Jeannette Kellerman, told the Cedar Rapids newspaper that Offt was a joyful and compassionate person during his time leading the church.
The nine men were charged with one count of prostitution, a serious misdemeanor. Parishioner Carol Kiesling said several members want Offt to return to the church. Andy Krutsinger Sports Apr. Mariah Giberson News Apr. James Jennings News Apr. Doug Brenneman Sports Apr. Web Accessibility Privacy.
Offt is married and a father of three girls. If he was delivering a sermon, comforting someone in grief, baptizing a baby or any one of the hundreds of things he did in his daily life, you could tell by the light in his eyes that he was where he belonged,? He didn? Andy Hallman News Mar. News Apr. Andy Hallman.
More Stories. Police described Offt as surprised, and then sullen when he learned he had been caught in the sting. He helped a lot of people.?
None of them were.? By Liam Halawith News Apr. By David Hotle News Apr. Andy Hallman News Apr. SE Iowa Union Fairfield. Kellerman said a prayer service was held for Offt and his family.