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BC church couple charged with sexual assault & other crimes

BC church couple charged with sexual assault & other crimes

Samuel Emerson and his wife Madelaine from the Cloverdale Christian Fellowship Church in Surrey, British Columbia, are facing more than a dozen charges including sexual assault.

Police, according to this report, say the alleged assaults occurred between 2015 and 2017.

Samuel Emerson, 34, has been charged with 13 counts of sexual assault, 11 counts of being in a position of authority and touching a person for a sexual purpose, and one count of sexual touching of a person under the age of 16.

His 37-year-old wife has been charged with one count each of sexual assault and threats to cause death or bodily harm, and one count of being in a position of authority and touching a person for a sexual purpose.

No one at the church was immediately available to respond to a request for comment.

The investigation is ongoing and the police say they believe there may be other victims that have not come forward.

Corporal Scotty Schumann said in a statement:

Calling the police to report a sexual assault is a very difficult thing to do, especially when the suspect is someone you knew and trusted, and can leave lifelong emotional scars.

He added that victim services workers are available to listen and provide emotional support.

The investigation into the alleged assaults began in May, when officers received complaints of several incidents of sexual assault, sexual touching and threats.

Police say the man and a woman were arrested on May 18 and later released on strict conditions.

The Cloverdale Christian Fellowship Church is now known as the Cloverdale Church.

This report says that no mention of Samuel or Madelaine Emerson is on the church’s website, but according to his social media accounts, Samuel Emerson was a pastor at Cloverdale Church, and worked with Youth Church Cloverdale.

On May 18, 2017, the day the couple were arrested, Randy Emerson, Samuel’s father and current pastor of Cloverdale Church, took to Facebook to write:

If you know us and our church please pray. We are under attack like never before and we need the accuser of the saints to be silenced and Truth prevail.

Two days later, he wrote

Thank you to everyone who is praying for us and expressing love at this time. You are making a difference. This is a time when we must not believe with our eyes and ears but with our spirits. Let God be true and every man a liar. Can’t be specific at this time but your prayers are making a difference.

Hat tip: Andy

9 responses to “BC church couple charged with sexual assault & other crimes”

  1. Cali Ron says:

    “This is a time when we must not believe with our eyes and ears but with our spirits.” Don’t believe what you just saw and heard? Really? Well, gee, how can you question that? So persuasive. If that’s his best I’m betting the church isn’t doing so well.

    Another “servant of god” using religion to sexually molest. So business as usual at Cloverdale Church. Is it just me getting jaded? I see this so much it fails to make much of an impression now. I say their punishment should be from the old testament, since they believe it to be the word of god they shouldn’t have any problem with being stoned.

  2. Robster says:

    Regards prayer, says the spokesperson: “Can’t be specific at this time but your prayers are making a difference”. In other words, nothing’s happened.

  3. AgentCormac says:

    ‘We are under attack like never before and we need the accuser of the saints to be silenced and Truth prevail.’

    Sounds like a thinly veiled incitement to violence to me.

  4. Broga says:

    “If you know us and our church please pray. We are under attack like never before and we need the accuser of the saints to be silenced and Truth prevail.”

    I like this one as an extreme example of Christian bullshit. The shiftless, on-the-make, wasters are really saints.

  5. barriejohn says:

    Broga: The Brethren and other evangelicals typically refer to themselves as “saints”. Strictly speaking, the word does just refer to “believers” in the New Testament, but to use it today seems pretentious in the extreme, as its popular use has changed so much, but they like to think of themselves as really special!

    http://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/saints/

  6. Broga says:

    barriejohn: Thanks. I didn’t know that. They don’t do modesty.

  7. Tee says:

    Meanwhile, the Fundamentalist Christians are celebrating this:-

    Noel Conway: Terminally ill man loses right-to-die case – BBC News
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41506155
    This decision is an affront to human decency.
    Listen to the specious Peter Saunders of Care Not Kill weaselling his way through a R4 Today slot today
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b096gjvy at 2.25 in.
    Care Not Kill welcomes Conway ruling
    ‘We welcome the decision by the High Court to completely reject this attempt to change the law and hope that as a society we can now turn our attention to the important issue of ensuring the highest level of palliative and social care…’

  8. Broga says:

    We have no right to consider ourselves civilised when this appalling cruelty is forced on us. Bloody religious influence. Sickening. I’m furious.

  9. John the Drunkard says:

    Lots of U.S. fundy sects make withdrawal from all public information a requirement for membership.

    Remember Peter Popoff’s exposure by Randi? His first move was to tell his dupes to unplug their radios and TVs.

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