State police seize computers from Hunlock Township church

By Edward Lewis - [email protected] | December 6th, 2017 12:40 pm - updated: 10:21 pm.

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HUNLOCK TWP. — State police executed a search warrant for “allegations of misconduct” at the Roaring Brook Baptist Church on Wednesday morning.

Sgt. James Dunleavy would not disclose the nature of the investigation, citing a sealed search warrant. At least two computer towers were seized as evidence from the church on Prichards Road.

Pastor Dan Brubaker exited the church holding what was believed to be the face sheet for the search warrant as investigators were inside.

“I’m not answering any questions,” Brubaker responded to a series of inquiries.

“(Brubaker) happens to be the pastor of the church,” Dunleavy said. “At this point, we’re not ready to comment on any persons of interest.”

Dunleavy said the search warrant was executed based on an allegation that was recently reported to the Shickshinny barracks.

“We were contacted and an allegation was made and we began an investigation into those allegations,” Dunleavy said.

He would not comment if the investigation is centered on the church’s finances or other alleged offenses.

“I cannot comment on the extent of what we are searching for at this time,” Dunleavy noted.

Arden Delkanic, a church member, said Brubaker has been a pastor at Roaring Brook Baptist for more than 40 years.

“He’s one of the best pastors this community has ever had,” Delkanic said. “He walks the walk and he talks the talk.”

Delkanic said he drove to the church to find out what was going on because he was called by someone who told him there was activity at Roaring Brook Baptist.

“I thought something really serious happened,” Delkanic said.

Delkanic said Brubaker is the sole employee at the church, which he noted has a congregation of about 100.

“Once in a while, we had problems with people breaking in because it’s a country church,” Delkanic said. “It’s an honest community here. We usually don’t have any problems around here.”

Pastor Dan Brubaker, of the Roaring Brook Baptist Church in Hunlock Creek, looks out the church doors as State Police served a sealed search warrant Wednesday morning.
http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_TTL120717Pastor1-3.jpgPastor Dan Brubaker, of the Roaring Brook Baptist Church in Hunlock Creek, looks out the church doors as State Police served a sealed search warrant Wednesday morning. Aimee Dilger | Times Leader
State Police Sgt. James Dunleavy leaves the Roaring Brook Baptist Church in Hunlock Creek to speak to the media Wednesday. Police served a search warrant at the church for alleged misconduct, but did not offer specifics since the warrant was sealed.
http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_TTL120717Pastor2-3.jpgState Police Sgt. James Dunleavy leaves the Roaring Brook Baptist Church in Hunlock Creek to speak to the media Wednesday. Police served a search warrant at the church for alleged misconduct, but did not offer specifics since the warrant was sealed. Aimee Dilger | Times Leader
Pastor Dan Brubaker makes his way from the Roaring Brook Baptist Church to a neighboring home Wednesday morning.
http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_TTL120717Pastor3-3.jpgPastor Dan Brubaker makes his way from the Roaring Brook Baptist Church to a neighboring home Wednesday morning. Aimee Dilger | Times Leader
Roaring Brook Baptist Church Pastor Dan Brubaker leaves the church Wednesday as State Police serve a sealed search warrant for unspecified reasons.
http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_TTL120717Pastor4-3.jpgRoaring Brook Baptist Church Pastor Dan Brubaker leaves the church Wednesday as State Police serve a sealed search warrant for unspecified reasons. Aimee Dilger | Times Leader
State police at Shickshinny executed a search warrant at Roaring Brook Baptist Church in Hunlock Township on Wednesday.
http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_Roaring-Brook-Baptist-Church-12062017-4.jpgState police at Shickshinny executed a search warrant at Roaring Brook Baptist Church in Hunlock Township on Wednesday. Edward Lewis | Times Leader
Members of the State Police leave the Roaring Brook Baptist Church with computer hard drives Wednesday morning while serving a search warrant.
http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_TTL120717Pastor5-3.jpgMembers of the State Police leave the Roaring Brook Baptist Church with computer hard drives Wednesday morning while serving a search warrant. Aimee Dilger | Times Leader

By Edward Lewis

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