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Ex-Pastor Pleads Guilty To Grooming Teen

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A former Macon County pastor has pleaded guilty to a criminal charge stemming from efforts to entice a teenage girl into sexual contact.


Prosecutors say Joseph Krol used Snapchat to send the messages to a 15-year-old girl who was part of his congregation at a church in rural Decatur. Krol was serving as pastor at a church in Rochester when he was arrested in Sangamon County in October of last year.


As part of a plea deal, he admitted to one count of grooming in exchange for the dismissal of other charges. Krol was sentenced to 24 months’ probation and must register as a sex offender, and is prohibited from any contact with the victim.

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