Tuesday, November 15, 2005


Minister gets prison for rape attempt

LANCASTER COUNTY, PA - An ordained minister and former Lancaster youth pastor received a prison sentence Oct. 31 for attempting to rape a woman with whom he was previously intimate.

The Rev. Gregory Fladeland was sentenced to 3½ to 7 years in state prison, plus 4 years' probation, after a jury found him guilty in September of one count each of criminal attempt at rape, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault and simple assault.Assistant District Attorney Sue Ellison prosecuted the case before Judge James P. Cullen. Defense attorney Alan Goldberg, who represented Fladeland, said Friday that an appeal will be filed but declined to comment further.

According to a report filed by Millersville police Sgt. Howard R. Bauman, a woman with whom Fladeland had a previous relationship told police she woke to find him in her bedroom in the early morning hours of Aug. 22, 2004.

Fladeland lived nearby.

Despite her request that he leave, Bauman reports, Fladeland stayed, telling the woman he "was going to have sex with her ... ."

The woman grabbed a phone and attempted to call police, Bauman says in the affidavit of probable cause, but Fladeland wrestled it away from her.

"Greg Fladeland took his clothes off and proceeded to force (the woman) to have sex with him," the report states. "(The woman) stated that she tried to force him away, but Greg was too strong."

Fladeland pulled down the woman's pajama bottoms and ripped off her top, Bauman says in the report.

"(The woman) was fighting Greg and bit him on the right shoulder," Bauman's report states. "Greg Fladeland then said, 'Oh, this is how you want it.' Greg Fladeland then struck (the woman) in the head two to three times with an open fist."

Fladeland ultimately was unable to complete the sexual act, according to Bauman's report.

"After a few minutes of struggling, Greg Fladeland stopped," according to the criminal complaint. "(The woman) went to the bathroom. After a time in the bathroom, Greg Fladeland asked her what she wanted to do, and (she) again told him to leave. Greg Fladeland left."

Fladeland testified he believed the attempted sexual intercourse was consensual and that the woman bit him "playfully."

"Being nervous and feeling bad about my inability to perform, I started to laugh out of frustration," Fladeland said. "I guess she thought I was laughing at her, and she bit me on the arm."

In addition to the jail time, Cullen ordered Fladeland to provide a DNA sample to authorities and to comply with Pennsylvania's Megan's Law statute by registering his whereabouts with state police for the rest of his life. Fladeland also was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation while incarcerated, plus any psychiatric or psychological treatment deemed necessary.

Fladeland worked part time for Covenant United Methodist Church at Orange and Mulberry streets after being hired in September 2000, according to newspaper reports. He led the youth program several days a week. He had worked in youth ministry for 15 years before that and also worked part time as a campus minister at Millersville University.

Fladeland was ordained in the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church and graduated from McMurry University in Abilene, Texas, and Emory University School of Theology in Atlanta.

He lived in Texas since September 2004.

See also, the never-ending chronicle of church-related crime.

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