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POTTSTOWN, Pa. -
A man was arrested Wednesday after police said he pulled a gun at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting.
Robert Ortgiesen was taken into custody at his home on Annette Dr. in Limerick Twp., Montgomery Co., and charged with assault, police said.
A man told police Ortgiesen, 47, pulled the gun after an argument outside St. John's Church on Church St. in Pottstown, according to court documents. He said Ortgiesen then followed him inside the church.
Ortgiesen allegedly made a threat and then left in his car.
Ortgiesen told police he confronted the man because he was selling drugs to AA members in the church bathroom, according to court documents.
Published On: Dec 29 2011 12:25:45 PM EST
I wonder if Robert Ortgiesen was ever mandated to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
Why is there no safety coordinator at meetings to make sure that drug sales do not occur in places that are intended for persons to recover from substances? It seems like that would be an obvious threat.
It seems logical that organizations, such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous, would care about their members and help prevent dangerous criminals from attending (with or without a weapon) and also facilitate safety moderators to help prevent the abuses that regularly occur. I certainly hope they start, or more blood will be spilling through the doors and into the news.
The above link will show that Ortgiesen had previously been indicted by the Grand Jury of Pennsylvania for threatening another person with a handgun in June of 2010.
The below link will show that the FBI was involved with the investigation.
How can the religious organization of Alcoholics Anonymous knowingly allow criminals to integrate into their fellowships that have vulnerable recoverying men, women, and minors present? This without any safety measures or protocol in place to prevent him from possibly selling drugs at a Church meeting along with bringing a gun and threatening persons with bodily harm again. This is preposterous!