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Pa. church's mock kidnapping of teens brings criminal charges

Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church in Middletown, Pa. gtagpa.org

(CBS/AP) PITTSBURGH - A mock kidnapping of church youth group members intended to be a lesson in religious persecution has brought criminal charges upon a southeastern Pennsylvania church and a pastor.

Authorities Friday charged the Glad Tidings Assembly of God in Middletown, Pa.,  and 28-year-old Andrew David Jordan of Elizabethtown, with false imprisonment and simple assault.

During the event in March, mock kidnappers covered the teenagers' heads, put them in a van and interrogated them. Neither the young people nor their parents were told beforehand.

The mother of a 14-year-old girl filed a complaint with police.

District Attorney Ed Marsico said that while the church's and Jordan's intentions were not necessarily harmful, "they in essence terrorized several children."


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