Members of a religious group known as Strict 35 will face trial for allegedly trying to lure a 14-year-old girl away from her family.
The pastor and two adult female members of Reidenbach Mennonite Church on Thursday were ordered to stand trial in Lancaster County Court on felony charges of concealing Ramsey from the police and her distraught parents on Dec. 10, 2009.
The 47-year-old [Aaron] Hoover belongs to a small Mennonite sect that rejects modern trappings and immerses itself in the teachings of Scripture.
Recently, though, the group’s loyalty to God’s law got it tangled up with man’s.
Police arrested Hoover in December along with Rachel Starr – his 54-year-old sister and a resident of the same rural community in Brecknock Township — for concealing a 15-year-old girl who wanted to join their church.
Three members of a conservative religious group known as Strict 35 have been charged in connection with the case of a teenage runaway.
Investigators say the group concealed the girl’s whereabouts and planned to take her out of the state.