Alton, IL

Plea in Church Camera Case

Story by WBGZ Radio

A former church elder from Bethalto's Zion Lutheran Church has been sentenced to 15-years in prison and ordered to pay $20,000 in restitution following a guilty plea to Production of Child Pornography. Investigators believe 60-year-old David L. Von Bergen of Alton created numerous video recordings between June and December 2015. Several cameras were found placed throughout the church, including in the changing area of the sacristy.

In a previous interview, Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons told The Big Z Von Bergen was originally charged after unauthorized and secret cameras were found at numerous locations inside the church on Christmas Eve 2015.

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It is believed Von Bergen created the recordings between June and December 2015.

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