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Minister guilty of harassment

LANCASTER -- A six-member jury this week found a high-ranking minister with the AME Zion Church guilty of harassment after an allegation that he made numerous calls to a Lancaster woman, officials said.

Magistrate Van Richardson on Wednesday sentenced the Rev. Carl Alberdeen Glenn to either a 30-day jail sentence or a $200 fine, said Tom Holland, staff attorney with the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office.

Glenn, the 61-year-old presiding elder of the York-Chester district of the AME Zion Church, paid the $200 fine after court, Holland said. Glenn, of 1399 Old York Road in Chester oversees 23 churches in Chester and York Counties, according to Herald archives.

Glenn could not be reached for comment Thursday evening. His attorney, Horace Jones, declined to comment.

The misdemeanor charge against Glenn stems from numerous calls to the woman's telephone that started during the early spring and ended in July, Holland said. The woman, then 32, had some medical issues and the churches collected an offering and gave her the money. Glenn also gave the woman several hundred dollars, Holland said, citing court testimony.

"At first, it was him checking on her," Holland said. "Then the phone calls, from her point of view, started being inappropriate."

The woman asked Glenn to stop calling. He did not comply, Holland said.

"The calls continued, and she started taping the calls," Holland said. "We have about four to five calls she taped. ... He would give sexual overtones in the conversations."

The advances continued even though the woman noted he was an elder in the church and married, according to reports from the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office.

Glenn turned himself into authorities on Aug. 7. He was released the same day.

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