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Church responds after addiction specialist charged with delivering drugs

A Marshfield church is responding after an addiction support specialist was arrested for allegedly giving a woman hydrocodone.

Faith Fellowship’s pastor partnered with Crossroads to Recovery, which supports people seeking help for drug addiction, by providing them with a meeting space, according to Pastor Larry Sheahan.

Benjamin Hardy, 52, is charged with a felony of delivering narcotics. 

Police said Hardy gave the drugs to a woman while at a local church.

"In light of recent events involving the leadership of Crossroads to Recovery, Faith Fellowship has discontinued its partnership with this support group, including withdrawing permission to utilize Faith Fellowship’s facilities," Pastor Sheahan wrote in a statement.

According to the blog for Crossroads to Recovery, the addict support group Hardy and his wife run, they started back in 2014 in Marshfield. Colleagues and friends said Hardy is a good guy and they were frustrated to see his arrest.

"We dearly love those seeking healing from drug addiction and will continue to bring the hope and freedom found in Jesus Christ to our community. We express our gratitude to the Marshfield Police Department for their diligence and professionalism in serving the Marshfield community," Pastor Sheahan said.

Hardy is out of jail on a $2,000 signature bond.

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