Auburn pastor charged for child molestation; Fellow Reverend responds to allegations

Crime

WHITLEY COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) – An Auburn pastor has been charged for multiple counts of child molestation, going back to 2006.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Steven F. Ardhuerumly has been charged with the following:

  • Child Molesting, a Class B Felony
  • Child Molesting, a Class C Felony
  • Child Molesting, a Class C Felony
  • Child Molesting a Level 4 Felony

The affidavit states that between 2006 and 2021, Ardhuerumly touched three children under the age of 14 with “the intent to arouse or satisfy the sexual desires of the child or defendant.”

Ardhuerumly is listed as the President and Pastoral Overseer of CMI Global, a fellowship of ministers and churches that supports local churches. However, the General Overseer of CMI Global Dennis Kutzner told WANE 15’s Briana Brownlee that Ardhuerumly resigned June 21.

“We are removing his picture and information from our website. But he’s still a member at his church in Auburn, Indiana, Heritage Community Church,” Rev. Kutzner said. “Reverend Ardhuerumly removed himself immediately when this information came out. Even before he had charges filed and he was aware that it could happen he removed himself from the pulpit.”

Rev. Kutzner added that it is tragic and sad for the Ardhuerumly family, the church, other parties involved and the Auburn community. He said he is standing with Heritage Community Church and will continue to work to keep it “open and alive.”

According to court documents, Ardhuerumly’s bond was set at $200,000, which he posted before being released. His initial hearing was Monday, he pleaded innocent.

Details of the investigation and why the investigation has recently been opened have not been released. WANE 15 is working to learn more.

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