Greensburg church funds allegedly paid for phone sex

| March 10, 2012

A man accused of using a Greensburg church account to pay for $1,467 worth of time on a sex-chat line was held for trial on Thursday.

Keith Michael Jenkins, 32, is being held in the Westmoreland Prison on $15,000 bond from an earlier arrest. Yesterday, Greensburg District Judge James Albert ordered him to stand trial on charges of access device fraud, criminal use of a communication facility, theft by deception and receiving stolen property.

The Rev. Brian Chaffee, pastor at Zion's Evangelical Lutheran Church, testified he discovered 23 unauthorized withdrawals in early February when he opened statements for the First Commonwealth Bank account used to help needy people.

"I noticed approximately half the account was depleted, and I had only written a check to Mr. Jenkins for $40," Chaffee said.

Jenkins came to him one Sunday in December seeking "help for, he said, his wife, who had a newborn baby in Washington County," Chaffee said.

He wrote a check made payable to Wal-Mart for Jenkins, the minister said.

Greensburg Detective Sgt. Henry Fontana testified he traced 23 withdrawals from the account between Dec. 21 and Jan. 23 to a pay-per-call service that Jenkins had established.

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