Columbus courts: Case dropped against Houston priest accused of threatening to fly plane into Aflac building

Federal prosecutors have dropped the case against a Houston priest accused of threatening to fly a plane into the Aflac building, court records show.

John Rouse was 61 when he was arrested in May 2010 on accusations he told an Aflac representative he’d bring a shotgun to the Columbus-based insurance company. Authorities also alleged Rouse made a bomb threat and suggested he’d fly a plane into the Wynnton Road building.

Authorities alleged that Rouse was unhappy about the service he’d received on a pending claim.

In September, Rouse entered pretrial diversion, which is similar to probation in the state system. Rouse has since successfully completed his pretrial diversion, leading prosecutors to drop the case against him, according to court records filed last week.