Pa. Church Ordered to Pay $10K Fine for Fake Kidnapping of Teens

| February 18, 2013

A southeastern Pennsylvania church has been ordered to pay a $10,000 fine and its youth pastor ordered to do community service after a March 2012 mock kidnapping in which he and fellow church members interrogated 17 teenagers in an unconventional lesson about the dangers of missionary work.

On Thursday, Jan. 24, Judge Andrew H. Dowling charged Glad Tidings Assembly of God, located in Middletown, Pa., and its youth pastor Andrew Jordan, 28, with simple assault and false imprisonment, charges which were reached by a plea agreement with prosecutors.

In addition to the church's $10,000 fine, Pastor Jordan will reportedly pay a $500 penalty, and perform 50 hours of community service while serving up to a year of probation, according to Harrisburg Patriot-News.

"It was an appropriate punishment for what they did. And I'm confident they aren't going to do it again," First Assistant District Attorney Fran Chardo said of the sentencing.

"They're not bad people," Chardo continued, adding, "what they did wasn't malicious. It was just foolhardy."


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