De PERE — The pastor of a De Pere area church was arrested Thursday by Outagamie County Sheriff’s deputies as part of a child porn investigation.

Rick E. Haberland, 48, was arrested and booked into the Outagamie County Jail. He faces possible charges of 20 counts of possession of child pornography and one count of Possession of Methamphetamine.

Haberland serves as the Pastor for Oneida United Methodist Church, according to an Outagamie County Sheriff’s Office news release.

The Outagamie County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with members of the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation, conducted the search warrant Thursday in response to a Cybertipline report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Investigators served the warrant on the Oneida United Methodist Church, N6037 County Road E in the Township of Oneida and at a nearby residence in which the church pastor lives.

Haberland also served as the Pastor of New Hope United Methodist Church in De Pere; Suring and Hickory United Methodist Churches in Suring; Phillips United Methodist Church in Phillips, Wisconsin and Tabor United Methodist Church in Eden, Wisconsin.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation may contact Sergeant Mike Fitzpatrick at the Outagamie County Sheriff’s Office at (920) 832-5279 or Mike.Fitzpatrick@Outagamie.org.

These investigations would not be possible without the support and coordination of the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.

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By staff