IMPD chaplain’s former colleague: ‘He was ashamed’ about prostitution charges

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 21, 2015)-- A retired chaplain is speaking to FOX59 about the arrest of his former colleague, who is facing multiple charges for patronizing a prostitute.

According to a probable cause affidavit, police began investigating the woman on suspicions of prostitution. Detectives met her at the Motel 6 on April 22 and arrested her for prostitution. She led police to IMPD Chaplain Bishop John Robert Fiers, who has served as a volunteer chaplain with IMPD since 2007.

Fiers' friends say the news came as a total shock.

“He’s helped a tremendous number of people through the years, but now he has a personal problem and it’s our hope that he’s getting the counseling that will help him work through all this,” said former IMPD chaplain Rick Kassel. “I know that he was ashamed, disappointed, very repentant, and wanting to get through all this as best you can and do his best to repair his relationship with his wife.”

Fiers is also the founder of the Worldwide Fellowship of Independent Christian Churches.

“As a personal friend, we love him, we care for him, we pray that he comes through this, but we’re very terribly disappointed,” said Kassel. “(It’s) terribly surprising to all of us that have known and worked with him, a total shock to all of us.”