Pastor convicted of obstructing justice
JANESVILLE A pastor arrested after trying to spread his faith to two teens is happy he can continue evangelizing, but he's disappointed a jury decided Tuesday he was uncooperative with police.
David J. Fogderud, 66, of 3545 S. Riverside Drive, Beloit, said he was charged with disorderly conduct in August 2007 for talking to boys in Janesville about a Christian rock concert, but the charge was dismissed last week.
He was charged with obstructing an officer during the investigation into the incident, and a jury convicted him in Rock County Court on Tuesday after a two-day trial.
"I'm pleased that they dismissed the disorderly conduct charge that was related to the teenagers, but I'm not happy about the outcome of the trial," Fogderud said.
Fogderud, the founder of The Overflowing Cup Total Life Center in Beloit, saw the boys at Burger King, 400 W. Centerway, and invited them to the concert, attorneys said.
The boys were scared, attorneys said, and they reported an attempted kidnapping.
Meanwhile, Fogderud left in his vehicle, and he was later pulled over on Centerway and Main Street, attorneys said.
The police stopped Fogderud, but he wouldn't cooperate, assistant district attorney Mary Bricco said.
Fogderud wouldn't tell the officer his name, turn off his vehicle or allow a search, Bricco said.
"He wasn't going to cooperate," Bricco said. "He made their job more difficult, and he did it intentionally."
Fogderud's attorney, Jeffrey Livingston, said Fogderud didn't know he was under investigation for attempted kidnapping.
The officers were aggressive and never explained to Fogderud why he was stopped, Livingston said.
Fogderud wanted to know why he was being treated so harshly for a traffic stop, Livingston said.
"The officer didn't explain his actions whatsoever," he said.
Fogderud did cooperate, exit the car, turn off his vehicle and agree to a search.
"You think for a second Dave Fogderud is not going to identify himself," Livingston said. "He is the kind of guy who stands on the top of a mountain" and yells what he is about.
The jury convicted Fogderud after deliberating for about an hour.
Fogderud will be sentenced Tuesday, May 12. He faces a maximum $10,000 fine and nine months in jail.