MSP: GR pastor facing child sexual abuse charges

David Robert Diehl's mug shot. (Courtesy Kent County Correctional Facility)
David Robert Diehl's mug shot. (Courtesy Kent County Correctional Facility)


KENTWOOD, Mich. (WOOD) — A pastor at a Grand Rapids church was arrested after police say he tried to meet an 11-year-old girl for sex.

David Robert Diehl, 39, of Kentwood, was arraigned Wednesday on child sexually abusive activity and using a computer to commit a crime charges.

Diehl was arrested on Nov. 22 after he responded to an undercover officer’s post on Grand Rapids Craigslist, which warned about a poster offering “sex with daughters.”

Michigan State Police say Diehl is a pastor at Church on Fire in Grand Rapids.

There is no evidence so far of actual victims, according to MSP.

Anyone with information regarding possible child sexual exploitation can report it online.

***CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the nature of the post made by the undercover officer. We regret this error, which has since been corrected.