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Armstrong charged with embezzlement 

About a month after a judge's order booted him and his followers from Grace Episcopal Church and St. Stephen's Parish, the Rev. Donald Armstrong was arrested this week on suspicion of embezzling funds from his old parish.

A grand jury indicted Armstrong Wednesday on 20 counts of felony theft, according to a press release from the Colorado Springs Police Department. Armstrong surrendered himself to police Thursday and was released on bond.

Armstrong and his supporters broke with the Episcopal Church in March 2007 in a swirl of theological disputes and accusations that Armstrong was siphoning off church funds.

Armstrong and the breakaway group aligned with the Convocation of Anglicans in North America, a hard-line branch of the church noted for taking a dim view of homosexuality, but stayed planted in the historic church at 601 N. Tejon St.

He was later convicted by an ecclesiastical court of stealing nearly $400,000 from the parish, but was not forced to give up the church building until earlier this year, when a judge ruled the facility belonged to the Episcopal Church.

— Anthony Lane

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