BETHALTO — Police are investigating unauthorized recording at Zion Lutheran Church.
According to a press release from the Bethalto Police Department, at approximately 11 p.m. Dec. 24, officers responded to the church, 625 Church Drive. The church was conducting Christmas services at the time. Clergy and employees had discovered multiple surreptitious and unauthorized cameras in the church.
Between Dec. 24 and Jan. 3, multiple searches of the church and Zion Lutheran School were conducted by Bethalto police officers as well as Zion administrators and staff. No further suspect items were discovered. Though it is not known if this was an isolated incident, all victims of the unlawful recording from Dec. 24 have been contacted.
An adult male member of Zion Lutheran Church was taken into custody on Dec. 24 as a subject of this investigation. He was released pending charges. The investigation is ongoing.
In an email Tuesday, Lt. Craig B. Welch said police weren't releasing additional information about the cameras and that no one had been charged with a crime. More information will be released if someone is charged.
Senior Pastor the Rev. Mark Hofferber wrote in an email that the church will not make a public statement until the police investigation is complete.
"Unfortunately, the police are still investigating the situation and the church will not be commenting until the police investigation is complete," he said.