The Bean Blossom church that was vandalized shortly after the presidential election has fired the employee responsible, but is leaving open the possibility of future re-employment.
Police arrested the church’s organist and choir director George “Nathan” Stang in early May after a six month investigation. Police say Stang admitted to spray painting the messages “Heil Trump,” an anti-gay slur and a swastika on the building.
The Brown County Prosecutor says he does not believe the act was a hate crime; according to a letter Stang gave prosecutors, he was worried about the outcome of the election and wanted to inspire people to fight against the Donald Trump administration.
St. David’s Episocal Church in Brown County released a statement this week saying the church terminated Stang’s employment on May 12.
“We at St. David’s understand that we are not the only victims of Mr. Stang’s actions,” the statement says. “Despite the gift of forgiveness, we also understand that there is a need for reconciliation and restitution in this situation, both with St. David’s and the larger community.”
The statement says the church has offered Stang a “path to reconciliation” that includes counseling, meetings and community service.
“We hope and pray that Mr. Stang will accept our offer and embark on this journey with us,” the statement says.
Stang is charged with institutional criminal mischief. Police released him on bond shortly after his arrest.
Stang was scheduled for an initial court appearance Tuesday, but received a waiver from the court. He is being represented by Joseph Lozano, a private attorney.