Assemblies of God Church Agrees to Fines and Community Service After Fake 'Kidnapping' of Youth Group

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An East Shore church will pay a $10,000 fine, and its youth pastor will do community service for staging a fake "terrorist raid" during a youth group program.

Dauphin County authorities charged Glad Tidings Assembly of God of Lower Swatara Township and youth pastor Andrew Jordan with simple assault and false imprisonment after a grand jury probe.

The mother of a 14-year-old girl who was "kidnapped" and frightened during the March raid triggered the criminal case by calling police.

First Assistant District Attorney Fran Chardo said this morning that the charges were resolved with a plea deal. He said the church and Jordan entered no contest pleas before Judge Andrew H. Dowling.

Victims were consulted before the agreement was finalized, Chardo said.

"It was an appropriate punishment for what they did. And I'm confident they aren't going to do it again," he said.

"They're not bad people," Chardo added. "What they did wasn't malicious. It was just foolhardy."

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SOURCE: The Patriot-News
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