Teens charged with church vandalism

February 26, 2008 3:37:56 PM PST
Four high school students were in court today facing charges they vandalized a Bucks County church. Police have released the identity of two of the teens. The first is 18-year-old Harry Stetson of Fairless Hills, a student at Bucks County Technical High School. The other gentleman is 18-year-old Nick Sasarri, a student at Pennsbury High School. The other two teens are juveniles, ages 17 and 16. Police are not releasing their names because of their ages.

Stetson is accused of leaving his graffiti tag name on Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Levittown. Sasarri faces a slew of charges, including the actual defacing of the church to going on and defacing other buildings in the area, including Oxford Valley Mall, a Target store, billboards, and several other things.

The teens face a maximum possible sentence of seven years in prison and tens of thousands of dollars in fines. The charges against them include criminal mischief, criminal conspiracy, and vandalism.

Back on February 9th statues at Our Lady of Perpetual Help were defaced, monuments were knocked over, and the words "God is dead" were spray painted on the side of the church.

Police say the teens surrendered peacefully, and were released on $50,000 unsecured bail.