Prosecutor: Organist Painted Anti-Gay Graffiti at Own Church

Associated Press

Thursday May 4, 2017

A prosecutor says the organist of a southern Indiana church was responsible for graffiti including a swastika, an anti-gay slur and the words "Heil Trump" painted on its walls in November.

Brown County Prosecutor Ted Adams said Wednesday that 26-year-old George Nathaniel Stang of Bloomington admitted responsibility for the vandalism discovered Nov. 13 at St. David's Episcopal Church in Bean Blossom, about 35 miles south of Indianapolis.

Adams says Stang has been charged with misdemeanor institutional criminal mischief. He's been released on bond.

Stang told police he is gay and wanted to mobilize a movement after being disappointed in and fearful of the outcome of the election in which Donald Trump was elected president.

Adams says he believes Stang's statements that his actions weren't motivated by anti-Christian or anti-gay intent.

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