Aug 25, 2015 4:50 PM

Teens accused of vandalizing Claremont church apologize to pastor

The Associated Press

CLAREMONT (AP) — An 18-year-old Charlestown man and a juvenile have apologized to a pastor for vandalizing a Claremont church.

The Valley News reports Zachary Underwood was charged with three felonies in connection with the vandalism of St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Prosecutors say three fire extinguishers were discharged inside. A police affidavit says some unconsecrated Eucharists were chewed and scattered on the floor.

A cleaning service estimated cleaning the damage would cost more than $50,000.

Claremont police say Underwood was very upset when he apologized to the church's pastor. The juvenile was crying after meeting with the pastor.

The pastor says he accepted their apologies.

Underwood was released on bail Monday and is due back in court Sept. 14.

Police said Sunday they planned to file petitions against the juvenile involved.


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