La Crosse pastor resigns after threat from home email address

A Lutheran pastor has resigned in La Crosse days after a vile, hateful email 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 her blog criticized police. Her blog is one a collection of independent bloggers hosted on JSOnline, the Journal Sentinel website.

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 he 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. Onalaska Police Chief Jeff Trotnic told News 8 they asked for Wendt’s computer to investigate and he declined to give it to them. So as of now Onalaska police are not actively involved in the investigation.

Van Fossen said she posted a picture of the email on Facebook so there is a record of it. Below is a picture of the email that we edited to remove obscene words.