Metro East priest arrested in child porn case after cyber tip to police

The Catholic Diocese of Belleville said it is cooperating with investigators after one of its associate pastors was taken into police custody Monday in an apparent child pornography investigation.

The pastor is identified by the diocese as the Rev. Gerald R. Hechenberger. He is the associate pastor of Holy Childhood of Jesus Parish in Mascoutah, St. Pancratius Parish in Fayetteville and St. Liborius Parish in St. Libory, according to the Catholic Diocese of Belleville.

The diocese issued this statement on Monday, after learning that Hechenberger was taken into police custody:

“This is a very serious matter for Father Hechenberger,” the statement says. “At this point, the Diocese has no reason to believe that any parishioners are affected by this matter. The Diocese is awaiting an update on information from the civil authorities, and has assured them of the Diocese’s full cooperation. Beyond requesting your prayers for Father

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