The pastor of a Salt Lake church has been charged with exposing himself on multiple occasions, using a Webcam, to a person he thought was a 13-year-old girl.
William J. Blanscet, 67, was charged in 3rd District Court by the Utah Attorney General's Office with four counts of attempted dealing in harmful material to a minor, all third-degree felonies. Investigators said more charges likely would be added.
Blanscet is the pastor of the Church of God of Prophecy, 425 N. 700 West.
Beginning in July 2008, an investigator with the Attorney General's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, posing as a 13-year-old girl, was contacted in a chat room several times over the course of several months by a person using the name "happyutahman."
The man used his Webcam to expose his genitals on four different occasions between July 2008 and February 2009. During some of those incidents, the man also performed a lewd act, according to court documents.
On Feb. 11 and 12, "happyutahman" contacted the undercover agent again, this time using his laptop from a local hospital where his wife underwent knee surgery, court documents state. He even turned the camera to his wife's hospital bed to show where he was, after pulling his pants down in front of the camera again, according to court documents.
Agents tracked the man down, and earlier this month they went to his West Valley residence. When asked what he did on the Internet, the pastor told investigators he "used the Internet for church," as well as to meet people on Facebook, court documents state.
When asked about using sexually explicit language with young girls, Blanscet eventually admitted to what he had done and said he "felt guilty" about it, according to the documents.
When asked about exposing himself, Blanscet originally gave a rambling explanation. He said: "I tried not to, you know I tried not to, again, again, I realize I showed them more stuff than I should have, but may have, I tried not to, but I may have," according to court documents.
Other agents with the Internet task force also may have case files on Blanscet, court documents stated.
Blanscet agreed to surrender at the Salt Lake County Jail next week, according to the Attorney General's Office.
A call on Tuesday to the Church of God of Prophecy was not answered.
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