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Devil-worshipping sex offender now living downtown

A devil-worshipping sex offender who recently moved to Spokane from Texas has registered at a new address in downtown Spokane.

Danny “Triple 6” Walter Schertz, 61, is living at the New Washington apartments, 327 1/2 W. 2nd Ave., according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

He’s not under supervision and is not wanted by police. He’s classified as a level 3 sex offender, the classification considered most likely to reoffend, and is required to check in with authorities quarterly now that he has a permanent address. He’s due at the Sheriff’s Office in September.

Schertz has convictions for rape, kidnapping and pimping and spent time in a federal prison for charges related to kidnapping a teen girl and pimping her at truck stops across the county, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Read the original article about him here.

He uses a wheelchair but has some mobility in his legs, detectives said.

“How can I sneak in under the radar when I wear Satanic tatoos and symbols all over me?” Schertz said. “Like a guy at the (downtown bus) plaza said, ‘you stand out like a sore thumb.’”

Schertz denied any sexual abuse and said he’s a proud Satanist.

“I just want to be left alone,” Schertz said. “I’m just out doing my own thing, and it don’t have anything to do with no teenagers or no kids, or anything illegal.”

In a phone conversation this morning, Schertz took issue with this blog post in which the Church of Satan denied he’s a member.

Schertz claims to be a member of both the Temple of Set and the Church of Satan. An email to the Church of Satan seeking comment was sent this afternoon.

Schertz said today that he joined the Church of Satan while a prisoner in Stillwater, Minn. in the 1970s, where he was serving 13 months on a charge related to procuring prostitution, according to the Minnesota Department of Corrections.

“If you were to print anything that I don’t belong to the Church of Satan in your newspaper, that’s going to be a lie,” Schertz said.

He said he fought the prison system for the right to practice Satanism and was able to have his Church medallion and membership certificate mailed to him there.

His girlfriend at the time dropped off a robe for him to wear as he practiced Satanic rituals, he said.

“I’m a Satanist and I’m not going to change my religion for you or anybody else,” he said. “I’ve got Christian friends. I’ve got Catholic friends. I’ve got friends in all different religions.”

He emphasized what the Church of Satan said in an email to The Spokesman-Review last month: “Satanists, they don’t harm children.”

“I don’t go around looking for kids,” Schetz said. “Young kids give me a headache.”

Church of Satan responds to Schertz article

The Church of Satan has responded to this story about level 3 sex offender Danny Walter Schertz, who recently moved to Spokane Valley from San Antonio.

Schertz, 61, is described as an avowed devil worshiper in a 1995 Los Angeles Times article, and photos from the Texas Sex Offender Registry show he added devil-related tattoos to his forehead within the last year and a half.

A spokesperson for The Church of Satan who identifies herself as Magistra Ygraine emailed The Spokesman-Review today to say that Mr. Schertz is “not now, nor has he ever been a member of our church, nor a Satanist.”

The phrase tattooed on Schertz’s forehead, Hail Set, is from another Satan-worshiping organization called The Temple of Set that broke off from the Church of Satan in the 1970s.

Writes Magistra Ygraine, “I would be most grateful if you would clarify the point as soon as possible. You’ll note that The Church of Satan is firmly on the side of law and order and in fact is well known for reporting law breakers, even among it’s membership, directly to the authorities. Our history of supporting law enforcement is well established and our religious demand to never hurt children or animals is equally well documented.”

Today’s article makes no mention of what church Schertz is affiliated with, but Ygraine’s point is interesting nonetheless.

Schertz has also contacted the newspaper regarding the article. While he declined to discuss his criminal record when contacted last week, he said today’s article gave the false impression that he’s a violent person who hurts children.

The criminal record detailed in the article is correct, but Schertz offered explanations for many of the situations. The latest incident, the kidnapping conviction from 1996, stemmed from when he worked with two boa constrictors on Bourbon Street in New Orleans and earned a living by charging tourists for photos with him, he said.

That’s where he said he first met the girl he was convicted of kidnapping, who he said wanted to go with him on the road.

“I ain’t hurt a kid in my life,” Schertz said. He emphasized what the article said: he checked in regularly with San Antonio authorities, who said they never had a problem with him.

“I’m getting a lot of flack here,” Schertz said. “I’m just here to be with my daughter.”

Schertz said he’ll be reclassified as a level 2 sex offender once he finds a permanent home. The Spokesman-Review will write another story if that happens.

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