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Former area minister charged in Wisconsin with assault

By Dave Hotle | Jun 21, 2017



RACINE COUNTY, Wis. — A former area minister was arrested earlier this month in Waterford, Wisconsin after officials allege he was part of a sting operation in which he believed he was meeting a 15-year-old girl for sex.

Scott A. Nesbitt, 48, of Monroe, Wisconsin, was charged June 10 with attempted second-degree sexual assault of a child, use of a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, and possession of child pornography. He remains in the Racine County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 22. The charges carry a combined sentence of 65 years in prison.

According to a press release from the Racine County Sheriff’s office, Nesbitt allegedly traveled from Monroe to Waterford with the intent of meeting a 15-year-old girl for sex. In fact, the “girl” was an investigator from the Racine County Internet Crimes Against Children task force. According to the release, Nesbitt had made plans to meet the girl and drive to an undisclosed location.

Officials said Nesbitt, who had been using the screen name “MoxyMan,” had been chatting online with the investigator since April.

During their conversations, according to the complaint, Nesbitt allegedly had said, “I can’t stop thinking about how much I want to corrupt your innocence.” In other online chats, Nesbitt allegedly described his attraction to young girls. A warrant executed on his phone and residence allegedly recovered several pieces of child pornography. He also allegedly made multiple statements relating to ownership of the girl, in one case allegedly saying, “With enough aggressive training and psychological games, I will fashion you into a perfect little slave,” the complaint reported.

Before moving to Monroe, Nesbitt had lived in Dubuque where he had worked at several area churches. He was a pastor at Ainsworth Community Church from 1998 to 2007.

The incident remains under investigation.

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