Ex-youth minister accused of sex crimes will face trial next month

A former youth minister accused of multiple sex crimes will face trial next month.

William Wahl, of Port Huron, was scheduled to appear in St. Clair County Circuit Court on Monday. Stephen Rabaut, his attorney, said it does not appear the case will be resolved via a plea deal.

St. Clair County Circuit Court Judge Michael West said he would see Wahl in court for his jury trial at 9 a.m. on June 21.

Wahl is charged with two counts of second degree criminal sexual conduct victim under the age of 13, two counts of fourth degree criminal sexual conduct victim between the ages of 13 and 16, distributing obscene material to children, aggravated indecent exposure and use of computers to commit a crime.

If convicted, Wahl faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.

Wahl is accused of sexually abusing four child victims he had a relationship with through The River Church, St. Clair County Sheriff Mat King said. He identified Wahl as a former church youth minister.

The alleged incidents took place between 2014 and 2021, when Wahl was over 17 and with victims between the ages of 10 and 17, St. Clair County Assistant District Attorney Cailin Wilson said.

Wahl was arrested in January at a residence in the 1500 block of Palmer Court, King said.

Contact Laura Fitzgerald at (810) 941-7072 at [email protected]

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