JUNEAU — An out-of-state pastor is back in Minnesota today after creating a stir in the town of Clyman.
The Rev. David Edwin Radtke, 52, was arrested Monday night at Zion Lutheran Church in Clyman on charges he had molested a foreign exchange student who was residing at his home in Gibbon, Minn.
Radtke, who is associated with the Missouri Synod, was in Clyman seeking a position with the Dodge County church when officers arrived and arrested him on two felony counts of third-degree criminal sexual assault.
According to the charge, Radtke inappropriately touched a 16-year-old student from Spain that has been residing at his home in Gibbon, Minn., since August 2010. On May 17, she allegedly awoke to Radtke assaulting her.
Radtke had told his family about the incident and asked the victim for forgiveness. Radtke came to Wisconsin over the weekend. Minnesota law enforcement asked Dodge County authorities to arrest Radtke. He was apprehended at the church and taken to the Dodge County Detention Facility in Juneau.
Radtke has since returned to Minnesota following an extradition hearing in Dodge County Circuit Court Wednesday.
Radtke appeared in court before Judge Steven Bauer. His attorney requested cash bail be set so that Radtke can return to Minnesota on his own and turn himself in.
Bauer set bail at $7,000 cash and allowed Radtke 24 hours to return to Minnesota and turn himself in to authorities there. Had he not turned himself in, he would have forfeited the cash bail and faced additional bail jumping charges.
According to the Dodge County district attorney’s office, Radtke has turned himself in.