Youth Pastor, Church Charged in Fake Kidnapping

| July 30, 2012

A youth pastor and his church in Pennsylvania were charged Friday for conducting a fake kidnap situation with a group of young students.

Andrew David Jordan, 28, and the Glad Tidings Assembly of God were charged with false imprisonment and simple assault.

"This is a sad case for all those involved," said Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico, according to The Associated Press.

Marsico recognized that while the pastor and church might have had good intentions in wanting to teach the youth group about the reality of religious persecution, he said they "in essence terrorized several children."

The mock kidnapping occurred in March. During a youth group meeting, teens were taken at gunpoint (with an unloaded gun) with their heads covered and loaded into a van.


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