26 Jun 2006

Youth pastor in American Samoa pleads guilty to assault over Da Vinci Code screening

5:48 am on 26 June 2006

A youth pastor in American Samoa, who was charged with assualting a cinema manager over plans to screen the Da Vinci Code, has pled guilty to third degree assault, a misdemeanor charge.

Makelani Roberts was placed on 6 months probation, ordered to stay away from the cinema for the next 30 days and undergo anger management counseling.

He was also fined $100.

Roberts apologized to the court and expressed regret that he did not just walk away from the confrontation with the theatre manager, Robert Vernon.

A statement from Roberts' attorney, Jennifer Joneson, said the defendant was upset when the manager called church pastors who were against the showing of the movie the Da Vinci Code "hypocrites".