SPINDALE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina grand jury has indicted five members of a Rutherford County church for kidnapping and beating a man because he's gay.
The five belong to Word of Faith in Spindale — a controversial church that has been accused for years of enforcing extensive control over its congregation.
The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office says the grand jury returned the indictment this week.
Telephone messages left for church leaders were not immediately returned.
Matthew Fenner said Thursday he was beaten last year in the church after a service. He says it was part of the church's way of trying to cure him of being gay.
Word of Faith was investigated twice in the late 1990s for its treatment of children but was cleared of any wrongdoing.