Pastor complains about searches by Douglas County Sheriff’s Office at his Kansas church, nonprofit

BALDWIN CITY — A Baldwin City pastor says Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies were unnecessarily aggressive when they searched his church and a Lawrence nonprofit he operates.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports the Rev. Mark Halford filed an online complaint with the sheriff’s department’s internal affairs division after the search on Thursday. He is pastor of the New Life Assembly of God Church in Baldwin City and director of the Heart of America Teen Challenge, which treats addictions.

Halford alleges deputies pointed a shotgun at him and a handgun at a staffer at Teen Challenge during the searches, which were part of a child-in-need of care investigation.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Kristen Channel declined to comment on the complaint, other than to note that the church’s attorney was at the church when the warrant was served.