Former congressional candidate found guilty of harassing priest

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MORGAN COUNTY, Ind. (July 3, 2014) – A former congressional candidate was found guilty Tuesday of harassing a priest in Martinsville.

Cheryl Allen was charged with one count of harassment and a class B misdemeanor for making threatening comments toward Father John Hall of the St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church.

The comments were recorded on the church’s voice mail and included apparent death threats against Hall and his congregation.

At one point in the recording Allen is heard saying, “This is Cheryl Allen. I’ve donated Bibles to you. I’m going to tell you right now. If that money I donated is not placed in my hand, any person sitting in your pews, what goes around comes around is the golden rule. I want them dead. I want them dead.”

Hall said he had known Allen for five or six years. He said she was not a member of the church, but she talked to him about her problems.

Allen accused Hall of violating confidentially for going to the police.

Hall replied she was not a member of the church and the statements were not part of a confession.

This is not Allen’s first run-in with the law.

In 2011, she faced eight felony charges for posting threats against four Morgan County judges.

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