The senior pastor of a Florida Methodist church who is also a married father of two, was among 22 men arrested in a child sex sting on Wednesday, after he allegedly traveled to a designated location with plans to have sex with a 14-year-old boy.
The Pensacola Police Department said in a statement that David Donald Hoppenjan, 52, who had served as senior pastor at the First United Methodist Church of Pace since last year, traveled to two locations in an effort to have sex with who he thought was a 14-year-old boy.
In the undercover child sex sting billed “Operation Undertow” which took place over five days from Sept. 7–11, Pensacola Police targeted adults who traveled to designated locations in Pensacola to have sex with children.
Police say Hoppenjan contacted an undercover investigator posing as a 14-year-old boy online then tried to arrange sex with the minor.
Transcripts highlighted by Fox10 show the investigator telling the pastor: “So I know you know I’m young but I’m 14. Is that cool with you?”
Hoppenjan followed up with several obscene sexual chats, say police, and said “I’ll come and do whatever you want.”
After making arrangements to meet at a designated area, Hoppenjan showed up and was shocked when he was tackled by police officers and arrested.
The Christian Post reached out to First United Methodist Church of Pace for comment, but no one answered the phone and all evidence of Hoppenjan’s association with the church has been scrubbed from its website.
* Some may say that this is “old news” but it shouldn’t be considered as such, what these filthy sons of perdition have done to innocent children isn’t “old” and is probably still haunting these children today! THIS IS THE CHURCH THAT UNBELIEVERS SEE and is why many don’t believe in God because they have been misled to believe that the only way to God is through religion AND THAT IS THE FARTHEST THING FROM THE TRUTH. The structural church can excuse the actions of these “church member’s” all day by saying, “they’re not the body of Christ” or ” their sins are no greater than any other sin”, or, “at least they fierd him”, etc. My point is, how can anyone see God in Christianity when all that [most] Christians do is sin and justify sin? Removing the senior pastors name from the website doesn’t undo what he and his cohorts have done. If God were really in religion, it wouldn’t be so easy for sin to wrap itself up in it!