Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons has filed charges against an Alton man in connection with unauthorized cameras found at a Bethalto church on Christmas Eve. Officers from the Bethalto Police Department responded to Zion Lutheran Church around 11:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve, following the discovery of several cameras found throughout the church. They had been placed in several locations, including in the changing area.
58 year old David L. Von Bergen faces charges of alleged Unauthorized Video Recording and Conspiracy. Von Bergen serves as an Elder with the church. Also being charged is 36 year old Kale W. Hanson, of Bethalto, a Pastor with Zion Lutheran, who is being charged with one count of alleged Conspiracy.
According to the State’s Attorney’s office, upon learning of the discovery of his cameras inside the church, Von Bergen allegedly attempted to retrieve the cameras. At that time, he was confronted by Hanson who allegedly agreed to destroy the memory cards to get rid of the evidence. Von Bergen was reportedly allowed to leave with his cameras and police were not called until later that evening. Upon learning of the incident, Bethalto officers took Von Bergen into custody at his home based upon probable cause, but he was released on bond on December 26. The investigation, which has reportedly been difficult due to the loss of evidence, has continued since that time, and it has since been determined that at least one minor was allegedly recorded in the changing area of the church.
Neither men are in custody at this time. Von Bergen’s bond was set at $250,000 and Hanson’s bond is $50,000.