John Simonson joined First Lutheran in Detroit Lakes as an associate priest in 2015, after three years at his first ministry in Killdeer, N.D. He resigned from the First Lutheran in late March.
Simonson, 38, was charged with stealing liquor from the city's Detroit Lakes liquor store and a person was scraped with a metal object after a death to a woman at the liquor shop on December 20.
It was cut in Becker County District Court with gross third party damage to property, and theft of misbehavior.
According to court records and police incident report, approximately 9 p.m. on 20 December it is alleged that Simonson had an oral disturbance with Frazee's wife at Lakes liqueur. After the derogation, he alleged that he had used a metal object to scratch it or win a “key” of his brown in 2014 Buick Enclave.
Simonson succeeded the long-term pastor Dave Peterson when Peterson retired in late 2017.
"We are now looking for an interim priest," said Susie Reitmeier, business manager at First Lutheran. "That's how the Lutheran Church does it."
Peterson said previously, "says ELCA protocol, when a priest leaves, they leave." So he will not serve as an interim priest.
Video footage of the parking lot showed that Simonson was using a metal object to make a scratch down beside the passenger side and the back door. He made a statement allowing him to harm the victim's vehicle. The cost of repairs was just over $ 593. An affidavit for reimbursement was served on 29 January.
A video from inside the liquor shop is said to show Simonson's approach to the “shooters” or miniature bottle of alcohol display, the number of shooters they don't know, pocket them, and they continue shopping. He left the store then without paying for the merchandise in his pocket.
His case is set for a May 6 omnibus hearing before Becker District District Becker Peter Irvine.