An Ohio pastor and church member were arrested last week during an ongoing protest against a nearby strip club.
Pastor Bill Dunfee and Calvin Zastroe pleaded not guilty to criminal trespassing charges after residents complained about the church’s protests.
They said members of New Beginnings Ministries trespass on their property, keep children awake with noise, block the road, and photograph vehicles coming and going.
Dunfee admits to having a dispute with three residents of the neighborhood, but he said they won’t stop their protests of the Foxhole.
“We will not be discouraged, we will not be deterred, we will not give up on what is right,” the pastor said. “We will continue to let our light shine and hold up Jesus.”
Authorities said Dunfee was standing beneath a security light Friday in the strip club parking lot, reading a Bible, as Zastrow stood nearby.
Sheriff’s deputies said Foxhole owner Thomas George called them after an altercation with Dunfee, and they said the pastor and Zastrow refused to leave.
So deputies arrested them.
George admitted he shoved Dunfee three times hard enough to push him into the road from the gravel parking lot, and the pastor filed an assault report against the club owner.
The Foxhole owner said church members have come to his club every weekend for nine years to harass employees and patrons.
At least six bare-breasted women paraded outside the Warsaw church last month to protest their treatment by congregants.
Dunfee has said he intends to drive the business out of the community.
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