Teens Vandalize Catholic Church

February 4, 2004

Source: The Patriot Ledger


On February 4, 2004 The Patriot Ledger reported that "two Stoughton teens broke into a Catholic church and used it as their pagan playground, spraying fire extinguishers, drinking the sacramental wine, and urinating on the altar and in the holy water. They were arrested yesterday after the younger of the two, a 14-year-old runaway, showed up drunk at school, police said. He and his alleged accomplice, Andrew Studebaker, 18, of 60 Grove St., Stoughton, were to be formally charged this morning... The teens broke into Immaculate Conception Church at 122 Canton St. sometime after 9 p.m. Monday, police said...Studebaker told police he believes in witchcraft and associates with Wiccans, followers of an ancient European religion who worship nature and believe in magic...Kendra Vaughan Hovey of Duxbury has been a practicing Wiccan, or witch, since she was 11. She said today that no true Wiccan would ever commit such an atrocity."