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Indiana church organist arrested in post-election vandalism, report says

An organist at an Episcopal church in Indiana was arrested Wednesday after prosecutors said he vandalized the building following the presidential election in hopes of mobilizing others disappointed with the results.

Nathan Stang, 26, faces a misdemeanor count of institutional criminal mischief for the damage to St. David's Episcopal Church in Bean Blossom, Ind., the Episcopal News Service reported.

The church was targeted with graffiti the weekend after Donald Trump was elected president, which included the words "Heil Hitler," in addition to a gay slur and swastika.

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Rev. Kelsey Hutto, priest-in-charge at St. David’s, told the Episcopal News Service the congregation feels "like we had the rug pulled out from underneath us."

Hutto released a statement earlier Wednesday on the church website saying, "Nathan is a member of our St. David’s family and naturally there is a certain amount of betrayal with this act."

"When news broke of the incident we said that we have/will forgive the perpetrator. And that we would invite him into our midst," she said. "This presents us with a unique opportunity to practice what we preach."

Read more from the Episcopal News Service.