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Corona pastor charged with torturing teen as ‘discipline’

Corona Police Department

Darryll Jeters, Lonnie Remmers and Nick Craig have been charged with torturing a 13-year-old boy in Riverside County.

A pastor and two of his followers have been arrested on charges of torturing a boy in Corona in order to discipline him, with allegations including assaulting the boy with pliers and forcing him to dig his own grave.

Lonnie Remmers, 54, pastor of the Heart of Worship Church, has been charged with kidnapping, torture, child abuse and conspiracy, according to the Imperial Valley Press. Police say he and his two helpers, 22-year-old Nick Craig and 28-year-old Darryll Jeter, were entrusted with disciplining a 13-year-old boy by the boy’s own mother, who had taken him to a men’s group home in this Riverside County town seeking help.

The group home turned out to be run by Heart of Worship -- and police say the boy was taken first to Barstow, where Craig and Jeter allegedly beat him with a shovel and had him dig the grave.