Police: Teens Were High, Pledged To Burn ‘Satanic Church’

| July 24, 2010

NASHVILLE, Ind. — Seven teens were high on LSD when they plotted to spray paint and burn a historic Brown County church, prosecutors said Friday.

Nathan Bauermeister, Jonathan Mings, Stephen Moore, Dalton Poe and Cody Watts — all 18 — along with a 17-year-old boy are accused of setting fire to the Grandview Apostolic Church near Nashville last week.

Another 17-year-old boy is also being questioned in connection with the arson.

According to the probable cause affidavit released Friday afternoon, the seven teens along with a juvenile girl got high and talked about how they would burn down the church they believed was "satanic" and "devil-worshiping."

The teens then bought spray paint and gasoline, drove to the church and set fire to the building, spray painting "church freaks" and other offensive language on an old school bus used as classroom near the church.

Investigators said the first tip in the case came from the state's arson hot line.

Bauermeister, Mings, Moore, Poe and Watts are all charged with two counts of arson, two counts of conspiracy to commit arson and one count of institutional criminal mischief.

The charging information for the juvenile was not released.

Church members told 6News they consider the arson to be a hate crime.

"Burning a church down, I'd consider it a hate crime. That's just me," said member Rex Lucas. "I don't know how anybody else feels, but I think it's a hate crime."



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