Krause banned from church Local music director charged for having sex with student in Lebanon

By on August 14, 2013

Ken Krause is no longer directing the choir at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lititz.

"As of last night, the council terminated him," said Pastor James Gable. "He is banned from the church property and not allowed at any church functions."

On Monday, Krause was listed on the church website as its director of traditional music, organist and head of the adult choir. On Tuesday, his photo was gone and all references to his work with the church were removed from the site.

State police in Lebanon County filed the following charges Monday against Krause – institutional sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor and corruption of a minor.

The charges stem from a nearly year-long sexual relationship with a male student at ELCO High School (Lebanon County), where Krause worked as the school’s band leader. Krause, 44, and a resident of Sunrise Avenue in Manheim Township, reportedly admitted to the sexual relationship, which started when the boy was 16. Police reported that the assault occurred between Aug. 15 of last year and June 23 of this year.

Krause was arraigned before District Judge Anthony J. Verna in Lebanon. He was released on $25,000 bail and instructed to have no contact with minors.

When the news came out that Krause was being charged, the church council at St. Paul held an emergency meeting. Pastor Gable said that the church was aware that something was going on, but they weren’t sure of the specifics until the charges were reported. By Monday night, news crews were in the church parking lot on West Orange Street.

While Krause worked part-time with the local congregation, Gable pointed out that none of the infractions took place on church property.

"Our prayers are with the victim, and Mr. Krause," he added.

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