Vancouver Island bible camp cuts ties with Surrey pastor facing dozens of sex charges

A popular bible camp on Vancouver Island is publicly severing ties with Samuel Emerson, the former Surrey preacher facing dozens of allegations of sexual offences.

Emerson was, until shortly after his arrest in May, a director of the Cowichan River Bible Camp, the same popular camp he attended as a child more than two decades ago.

Emerson, 34, and his wife Madelaine, 37, were arrested in May and then charged last month with 28 counts including sexual assault and being in a position of authority and touching a young person for a sexual purpose. Most of the offences are alleged to have taken place in Surrey, according to the indictment filed in court, which is where Emerson was a pastor at the Cloverdale Christian Fellowship. But one of the alleged sexual assaults, the court documents state, occurred in or near Cowichan Bay, B.C. between July and August of 2014.

There is no indication any of the alleged offences took place at the Cowichan Camp or had anything to do with the camp or its parent organization. None of the allegations have been tested in court.

In addition to Emerson’s longtime position as a pastor in Cloverdale, he was a member of the Cowichan River Bible Camp’s board of directors for five years starting in 2012, Canada Revenue Agency filings show. Emerson is listed as a director on the bible camp organization’s most recent filing, but a camp representative told Postmedia this week that Emerson resigned from the position in May, within days of police receiving allegations of sexual misconduct, arresting the Emersons, and releasing them with strict conditions.

The pair were formally charged in September, with the 28 counts involving at least five victims. Samuel’s charges include several counts of sexual assault and one count of sexual touching of a person under …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun

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