A high-ranking minister in the AME Zion Church was charged with harassment Tuesday in connection with phone calls made to a Lancaster woman, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office report.
The Rev. Carl A. Glenn, 61, presiding elder of the York-Chester district of the AME Zion Church, turned himself in to authorities Tuesday and was released on bond later that afternoon, said Sheriff's Office spokesman Tom Holland.
Glenn, who oversees 23 churches in York and Chester counties, is accused of making repeated phone calls to a 32-year-old woman he met through the church, the report states.
According to the report, the woman provided audio recordings of several phone conversations between her and Glenn earlier this summer.
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Holland said the contents of the tapes were sexual in nature, and that Glenn apparently tried to pursue a relationship with the woman.
"She told him, 'You're married, you're an elder. This is not appropriate,'" Holland said. "But he persisted."
When reached by phone Tuesday evening, Glenn declined to comment on the charges and referred all inquiries to his attorney.
Holland said the second-degree harassment charges carry a penalty of 30 days in jail and/or a $200 fine.
News of the misdemeanor charges came as a surprise to Bishop Clarence Carr, who oversees the South Atlantic Episcopal District of the AME Zion Church.
"I've never had any other complaints against him (Glenn)," Carr said Tuesday evening. "He is an outstanding and well-respected leader."
Carr said Glenn's accuser wrote him a letter earlier this summer explaining the harassment. He immediately called a special committee to investigate, he said, but the woman did not attend the church hearing.
"The committee couldn't do anything without an accuser," he said.
Carr said no decisions will be made about Glenn's future with the church until more information is available.
"The judicial system now has to take its course," he said. "There might be more to this than what we know."