Polk County pastor charged with soliciting sex

Polk County pastor charged with soliciting sex

A Polk County pastor was charged Tuesday with soliciting oral sex from an undercover detective at a boat ramp.

Stephen Glenn Charest, 66, of Lake Wales is pastor of Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

The alleged encounter occurred while a male detective worked undercover in Winter Haven at the Lake Fannie Boat Ramp in response to reports of lewd activity, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

The detective walked to a wooded area and spoke to the pastor who, deputies said, asked the detective to perform oral sex on him. The detective replied, "OK, is that what you want me to do?"

"Yeah," the pastor said, according to deputies.

"You ready?" the detective said.

"Yeah," the pastor said, again, according to deputies.

The detective showed his badge and identified himself as a sheriff's detective.

Charest faces one count of solicitation to another to commit lewdness.  He has bonded out of Polk County Jail.

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