CORONA, Calif. (KTLA) — The pastor of a small church in Corona and two other men pleaded not guilty to charges of allegedly kidnapping and torturing a boy in a cruel case of discipline.
Pastor Lonnie Remmers, 54, along with Nick Craig, 22, and Darryll Jeter, 28 now face a variety of charges. Craig and Jeter are each charged with nine felonies, including kidnap, criminal threats and assault.
The teen’s mother took him to a men’s group home in Corona for help with discipline on March 18, according to authorities.

Police say Craig and Jeter took the boy to Barstow, where they allegedly beat him with a shovel and forced him to dig a grave.
The boy was later taken to Remmers’ house, where the pastor allegedly used pliers to pinch him.
The boy did not have to be hospitalized, police said.
He and his 7-year-old sister have been taken into the custody of Child Protective Services.
Craig and Jeter were booked on suspicion of kidnapping, torture, child abuse and conspiracy.
Craig and Jeter’s bail was set at $150,000 each, reduced from $1 million in bail set at the time of arrest, according to the Press Enterprise. Judge Becky Dugan set Remmers’ bail at $35,000. A hearing was set for April 19.
Remmers was booked on suspicion of torture, child abuse and conspiracy.