Lutheran Church–Canada has positioned a Saskatchewan pastor on go away because it initiates an investigation into allegations that he has been secretly utilizing social media to assault a Saskatoon lady.
On Wednesday, the church confirmed on its web site that, “Rev. Todd Guggenmos has been publicly accused of harassing a person on-line by an nameless Twitter account.” Guggenmos is the pastor of the Triune Lutheran Parish positioned in Langenburg, Landestreu and MacNutt, Sask.
“Now we have additionally obtained a screenshot of a tweet alleged to have come from the account which condones sexual relationships between adults and minors,” the church’s assertion stated.
The church stated it’s now within the means of hiring an exterior investigator to look at the allegations.
“Lutheran Church–Canada holds its pastors to a excessive ethical customary and takes such allegations significantly,” the assertion says. “No individual deserves to face harassment, as alleged in these complaints. And our church physique strongly condemns pedophilia.”
When requested concerning the allegations, Guggenmos replied by electronic mail.
“I didn’t write any tweet about intercourse between minors and adults,” he wrote.
He didn’t immediately tackle the allegation that he harassed a girl utilizing an nameless Twitter account.
“I sit up for the report from the investigator on these allegations which were made towards me.”
The allegations had been made by Tammy Robert, a outstanding Saskatoon communications advisor and outspoken on-line political commentator who isn’t any stranger to on-line battle.
Robert alleged that for nearly two years she had been focused by somebody utilizing the Twitter deal with @notTammyR.
“The tweets from that account have been breathtakingly vile,” she wrote in a weblog. “Vicious private assaults on myself and different Saskatchewan residents, notably girls.”
A number of different Twitter customers are additionally claiming that @notTammyR has been harassing them.
One in all them is Tenille Lafontaine of Regina. She says that whereas she’s not sure who’s behind the account, she does know that the individual has been aggressively concentrating on her.
In a collection of tweets, she stated that she has complained to Twitter concerning the account and the corporate has agreed that @notTammyR violated the foundations. However that did not cease the conduct.
“The individual behind the account violated twitter’s guidelines towards abuse and harassment again and again however was by no means eliminated till the proprietor closed it this week after realizing he was outed. TWO. YEARS.,” she wrote.
Robert believes @notTammyR run by Guggenmos
In her weblog put up, Robert stated she did not know who was behind the account till some “enterprising sleuths” supplied proof that prompt the individual behind the account was Guggenmos.
Robert stated the “sleuths” got here throughout a put up on Fb wherein some associates of the pastor appeared to have “outed the Reverend Guggenmos by title as the person behind the @notTammyR masks.”
She stated when initially confronted, Guggenmos denied that he was behind the @notTammyR.
She says that shortly after that confrontation, each Guggenmos’s private Twitter account and the @notTammyR account had been deleted “concurrently.”
A Google search brings up a Twitter account referred to as @ToddGugg which says it belongs to Todd Guggenmos, “Lutheran Pastor in Sask.” The account seems to have been deleted, as has the @notTammyR account.
Robert says she believes that the very fact each accounts had been deleted at about the identical time “is a useless giveaway” that Guggenmos was behind them each.
Investigation being launched
In an electronic mail to Robert, Rev. Timothy Teuscher, president of Lutheran Church–Canada, thanked Robert for elevating her considerations.
“We anticipate that the investigator will want to contact you as a part of their investigation,” he wrote.
In a followup weblog put up, Robert responded to information of the investigation by publishing an open letter to Guggenmos.
“The one approach you get out of this and preserve your job is to confess what you probably did, genuinely apologize to me, your congregation and everybody else you’ve got damage along with your behaviour through the years, then get the skilled aid you clearly want,” she wrote.
“I’ve by no means met you. Your hatred for me is misdirected, irrational and never price dropping your job over.”
In a March 25, 2021, prayer posted on YouTube, Guggenmos made reference to conflicts on social media.
He stated God’s mercy extends to all folks — “to progressives and to nationalists to your neighbour whose canine retains moving into your trash and that individual whose social media posts get below your pores and skin.”
It is unclear when the investigation might be accomplished.