09/05/2012 03:17 pm ET

Jason Como, Pennsylvania Man Accused Of Growing Marijuana, Says He Didn't Know It Was On Church Property

GROVE CITY, Pa. (AP) – A western Pennsylvania man who was arrested and charged with growing marijuana on a church's property says he had no idea who the land belonged to.

State police arrested 28-year-old Jason Como last week after the Beloved Disciples Church reported that two suspected marijuana plants were growing on their property in Grove City, about 60 miles north of Pittsburgh.

Como says he's a Christian and that he wouldn't have planted the pot there if he'd known the land belonged to a church. Como also says it was for personal use.

Authorities found a small path that led from the plants to the backyard of a nearby home.

Como was charged with manufacturing and cultivating a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.