A former televangelist minister convicted of child rape and sentenced to 220 years behind bars may go free depending on what the Ohio Parole Board decides.
The board is hearing a petition this week that could set William Wasmus free, NBC affiliate WCMH reports.
A man who helped send him to prison is trying to convince the parole board that he needs to stay behind bars.
William Wasmus was a Grove City evangelical minister who conducted services on Public Access Television back in 1994.
“He referred to himself as God’s prophet in the land of the last days,” says former church member Dave Wexler. “His ministry was a miracle healing ministry.”
Wexler later discovered Wasmus was using his ministry to connect with children who he molested and even raped.
Wexler and his wife first saw Bill Wasmus on television and started attending services at his church. Wexler says sometime later the minister claimed to have a prophesy that Wexler’s wife should leave him. She did and after the Wexler’s divorced she married Rev. Wasmus.
A few years later, as Wexler was dropping his children off at his ex-wife’s house when she asked him for a favor.
“My ex-wife came out and she asked me if I could help get into Billy’s secret briefcase,” Wexler said. “His briefcase of mysteries and secrets that he never wanted anyone to touch or look at.”
A woman from the church and her son were also at the Wasmus’ home when Wexler pulled the briefcase open. Inside, they found pornographic pictures and videotapes of children.