Apr. 29, 2006 (Hey, that march is on the one year anniversary of when we all learned the truth of who you really are)--An anti-crime activist who was arrested last week on an outstanding felony theft warrant denied any wrongdoing in a statement Friday.
John Dehart, well known for standing on street corners waving a sign with slogans such as "report a drug dealer," was arrested April 20 by Hanover Township police on a warrant issued by Philadelphia police.
Dehart, a 37-year-old contractor, is accused of taking money for a job and never doing the work. The Hanover Township man, who moved to the area about 20 months ago from suburban Philadelphia, said his arrest was a big misunderstanding."My attorney is working on clearing me of any charges," he said."I expected this to be a civil matter because of the circumstances. I never stole anything from anyone and never would." In January, Dehart organized a group called Citizens Against Crime, which he says has about 20 members. In recent months he could often be seen on a street corner waving a sign urging residents to report drug dealers by calling the phone number listed for that community's police department. Some, including the Hanover Township Crime Watch, have criticized Dehart for his methods. But he said he didn't care and remains proud of his group."My organization works and has produced results," Dehart said Friday."I've always had honest and genuine intentions with my mission to rid the area of drug crimes and I will continue to follow through with this mission as soon as possible." Dehart said his arrest has been embarrassing for him and his family."I am concentrating on putting my family back together."