Oneida Indian Reservation pastor arrested on 20 counts of possession of child pornography

On Thursday, February 24, the Outagamie County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) executed a search warrant at the Oneida United Methodist Church and a nearby home regarding an investigation into Internet crimes against children and arrested Rick E. Haberland for multiple sex crimes against children on the Oneida Indian Reservation in Wisconsin.

The OCSO, in conjunction with the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Criminal Investigations Division, arrested Haberland, a pastor of the Oneida United Methodist Church, on 20 counts of possession of child pornography and one count of methamphetamine possession charge, all felony charges carry multiple years. in prison.

Haberland, 48, was incarcerated at the Outagamie County Jail in Appleton, Wis., and is awaiting charges from the Outagamie County District Attorney’s Office. Due to the sensitivity of the crime and the position of the suspect, the identity of the suspect has been made public.

It’s unclear which circuit judge issued the warrant, but details will be released as more documents are filed, Outagamie County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Mike Fitzpatrick said during a phone call to Native News Online. The warrant was issued on a CyberTipline report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).

“This church is in the heart of the Oneida Reservation and is likely frequented by tribal members,” Outagamie County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Mike Fitzpatrick said in an email to Native News Online.

According to a press release issued by the OCSO, Haberland also served as pastor of New Hope United Methodist Church in De Pere, Wisconsin; Suring and Hickory United Methodist Churches in Suring, Wisconsin; Phillips United Methodist Church in Phillips, Wisconsin and Tabor United Methodist Church in Eden, Wisconsin.

The Oneida Indian Nation of Wisconsin has not released an official statement on this.

If you have any information that may assist the investigation, please contact Sergeant Mike Fitzpatrick at (920) 832-5279 or [email protected]

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