Five members of the Word of Faith Fellowship church, which is known for its opposition to gay rights, in Spindale, North Carolina were indicted this week on felony charges in connection with the kidnapping and assault of a gay man.

On Monday, Sarah Covington Anderson, Adam Christopher Bartley, Brooke McFadden Covington, Justin Brock Covington and Robert Louis Walker Jr were each indicted by a Rutherford County grand jury on charges of second degree kidnapping and simple assault. Anderson faces an additional charge of strangulation.

Former member Matthew Fenner claims that on January 29, 2013 several church members beat and strangled him in an attempt to banish his “homosexual demons,” described in an affidavit as a “deliverance.”

“Deliverance soon ensued (which meant extremely rough pushing, loud screaming, and other violent measures intended to 'break me free of the homosexual 'demons' they so viciously despite), and I was at one point grabbed by my throat by Sarah and shaken, punched, and beaten,” Fenner said in his affidavit. “I received many bruises on my collarbones, neck, chest and shoulders.”

“I had at least 15-20 college age men around me, screaming, shaking me, punching me, hitting my chest chest, grabbing my head, telling me to repeat different phrases, all of which caused (and have resulted in much) mental distress to high levels,” he added.

Church attorney Josh Farmer insisted his clients were innocent in an email to CBS affiliate WSPA.

“They are innocent of the charges leveled against them and we look forward to proving their innocence and to their complete vindication before a trial court,” Farmer wrote. “We are adamant that no one ever physically harmed Mr. Fenner... The church does NOT target members who are gay.”

Fenner said that this mother and brother, who remain in the church, testified against him.

Another young man, Michael Lowry, leveled similar allegations in 2012. He claimed that church members kidnapped him for more than 3 months because of his sexuality. Charges were dropped after he recanted his story. Today, Lowry says that he was coerced into changing his story.

(Related: Michael Lowry charges NC church abused him for being gay.)