Police in the Canadian city of Hamilton have charged the disgraced former pastor of one of the country’s largest churches with sexual assault.
Bruxy Cavey, who grew The Meeting House into a megachurch with 20 campuses across the province of Ontario, was charged with one count of sexual assault on May 31. Cavey, 57, was asked to resign from the church in March after an independent investigator found he had a years-long sexual relationship with a member of his church who had sought counseling.
Police in Hamilton confirmed the alleged victim was an adult female but did not say whether it was the same woman who came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against Cavey late last year. The investigator for the church found that Cavey had committed “sexual harassment” and “abuse of power” but did not label the misconduct as sexual abuse, which the victim later challenged….
Detective Jeremy Miller of the Hamilton Police Service said his unit applied and received a “publication ban,” which allows information about the circumstances of Cavey’s alleged crime to remain sealed.
Miller said Cavey voluntarily came to the station to be charged and was released. He will appear before a judge at a Hamilton court on June 27.
“Generally, if a person doesn’t have a criminal record they’re released with specific conditions to stay away from the victim and witnesses,” Miller said.
Miller said the alleged assault took place in Hamilton, which is where Cavey lives, but not on church property. The church is headquartered in Oakville, a suburb of Toronto, about 20 miles north of Hamilton and under a different police force.
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