Thursday, November 18, 2010

Pastor Sentenced To 131 Months In Federal Prison

Oklahoma:  Pastor Steven Lee Wintersteen, 62, of Mammoth Lakes, California, was sentenced to serve 131 months in federal prison following his conviction for traveling from Reno, Nevada, to Oklahoma City for the purpose of having sex with a girl he believed to be 8 years old.

Wintersteen became acquainted with an Oklahoma City-area woman in October 2009 through a matchmaking website for individuals who are interested in unusual sexual experiences. He described himself as an “older daddy” looking for a “daddy’s girl” for a long term relationship.

Wintersteen asked the age of the woman’s daughter. She told him the girl was 8. Wintersteen sent the woman a picture of himself naked—except for a Santa Claus hat—and told the woman that he could not wait to show the “little one” “Santa” wearing only boots and a hat. Wintersteen told the woman in explicit detail that he wanted to have sex with the girl, and he made plans to travel to Oklahoma City. Unbeknownst to Wintersteen, the woman was cooperating with the FBI, recording all of her communications with him, and the 8-year-old girl did not exist.

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On November 8, 2009, Wintersteen was arrested at Will Rogers World Airport. His baggage included a Santa Claus hat, a stuffed animal purchased from the Reno airport gift shop, three different types of erectile dysfunction pills, a camera, and a laptop computer containing child pornography.

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