An attorney for Pennsylvania youth pastor Andrew Jordan reportedly admits that his client helped orchestrate a fake kidnapping of his teen church group in March—during which at least one girl was crying, unaware that the whole thing was pretend. But it's all okay, the lawyer says, because the exercise was reportedly "meant to show the dangerous scenarios Christians face on missionary trips":
More than a dozen teens attended the youth group meeting at the church March 21 when the lights went out, and masked men carrying flashlights entered the meeting room.
The fake abductors ordered the teens to the floor, covered their heads with pillow cases and bound their wrists with zip ties, according to a grand jury presentment in the case.
The teens then were led into the back of a cargo van and driven around before being taken to a windowless unfinished basement. Once there, the pillowcases were removed, and they saw one of their captors holding an assault rifle and overheard their youth pastor supposedly being tortured.
Attorney William A. DeStefano, who is defending Jordan and Glad Tidings Assembly of God, told reporters that "The church is pretty serious: They don't think they did anything wrong." He then pulled a maneuver straight out of the victim-blaming playbook to brush aside a police complaint filed by a mother of one of the victims, who said her daughter was traumatized by the event.
DeStefano said of the alleged victim in this case: "She never asked to be let go, or said, 'I don't want to go through with this.'
"I'm not sure she knew before it happened, but I'm saying that she had the ability to say, 'I don't want to be part of this' at any time from minute one and didn't," DeStefano said.
Now, after a grand jury investigation, the district attorney reportedly says that both Jordan and the church broke the law. If convicted, Jordan could face up to 10 years in jail. He's expected to be arrested in a week or so.