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Michigan pastor pleads guilty to climbing ladder to spy on couple having sex

By David Ferguson
Friday, May 16, 2014 11:31 EDT
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A former pastor and Christian university professor plead guilty Tuesday in Kent County, MI Circuit Court to charges that he climbed a ladder to peer into an upstairs window at a couple having sex.

Michigan Live reported that 42-year-old Jeremy Grinnell plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of surveilling unclothed persons that stemmed from an incident on Nov. 7, 2013.

Grinnell reportedly propped a ladder against the side of a Cannon Township couple’s home, climbed to a second floor window and spied on the man and woman as they had sex. He returned to the house later that evening, but was caught by the male resident, who called police. Grinnell was arrested at the scene.

Prior to the arrest, Grinnell was an assistant professor at Christian college Cornerstone University. He was also employed as a “teaching pastor” at Rockford’s Bella Vista Church. He has since been fired by both institutions.

The former clergyman was initially charged with two counts of surveilling but was allowed to plea to one charge that named both victims. The charge carries a maximum sentence of two years.

Sentencing in the case is scheduled for June 26.

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David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
 
 
 
 
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