- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) - A Lutheran pastor has resigned in La Crosse days after an email threatening rape and laced with expletives was sent from his home account to a Milwaukee blogger.

Liberal Milwaukee activist and blogger Claire Van Fossen posted the email on social media. Van Fossen says the threat was one of many emails she received after criticizing police on her independent blog hosted on JSOnline, the Journal Sentinel website (https://bit.ly/1Gel5w8 ).

The Rev. David Wendt of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in La Crosse resigned Tuesday. A synod spokesman, Lee Hitter, says Wendt acknowledged the email address from which the message was sent is his, but denied sending the threat. No one answered the phone at Wendt’s home Wednesday in an attempt for comment.

Hitter says Wendt asked the local police department’s cyber crimes unit to investigate.

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Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, https://www.jsonline.com

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