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Former church bishop accused of luring Arizona teen

Posted: 7:41 PM, Feb 21, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-23 18:23:16-05
St. Charles County Police Department Bishop

ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO — St. Charles County police are actively searching for victims following the arrest of a Mormon bishop, who is accused of luring a teen from San Tan Valley, Arizona to Missouri.

Authorities say, Larry Deutsch, 54, met the teen through church when her family lived in Missouri. When the girl's family moved to Arizona, her parents got a restraining order against Deutsch, but he stayed in touch with her.

Investigators say Deutsch has been arrested and the teen, who was found in Ballwin, Missouri, has been returned to her family.

"Police have a compelling reason to believe there may be other victims, based on evidence discovered during the investigation. Deutsch was known to have unsupervised contact with children as part of his leadership and service duties at various churches and youth organizations based in St. Charles County and Troy."

Police say that Deutsch is facing a felony count of Possession of Child Pornography and being held on a $100,000 cash-only bond.

If you have any information or a potential victim, St. Charles County Police are asking to call them at 636-949-3002.