Nottingham man admits threatening church group

| October 25, 2011

WEST CHESTER — A southern Chester County man who shouted obscenities at Latino churchgoers and threatened to ram a church van must complete a course in anger management under the terms of a sentence he accepted Monday in Common Pleas Court.

Ira C. Welch, 33, of Nottingham, pleaded guilty in front of Judge Anthony Sarcione to charges of terroristic threats and propulsion of missiles into an occupied vehicle for his behavior surrounding the February incident.

Welch, who apologized for his actions that night, had been charged with ethnic intimidation in the case because of statements that he made to a state trooper about the people he had allegedly just threatened. "Dirty Mexicans," Welch told state Trooper Gabriel Fabian. "I pay my taxes. These people, they graffiti all over."

In comments to Sarcione on Monday, however, Welch said that what he said to the trooper that night had "come out wrong. I am not a racist."

In accepting the plea and sentencing Welch to three years of supervised probation, Sarcione said he hoped the matter had shamed Welch into accepting responsibility for his actions.

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