Arrest and charges lead police to appeal for more victims
2017-10-03 15:33 PDT
File # 2017-65341
Surrey RCMP is appealing to potential victims to come forward and speak to police following the approval of charges in a series of sexual assaults.
On May 17th, 2017, Surrey RCMP received several allegations of sexual assault, sexual touching, and threats. The accusations, spanning a two year period between 2015 and 2017, involve a pastor from the Cloverdale Christian Fellowship Church and his wife.
On May 18th, 2017, investigators from Surrey RCMP Special Victims Unit arrested two individuals. Both suspects were not known to police and were later released on strict conditions.
Samuel EMERSON, 34 years old of Surrey, has now been charged with the following Criminal Code offences: 13 counts of Sexual Assault; 11 counts of Being in a Position of Authority and Touching a Person for a Sexual Purpose; 1 count of Sexual Touching of a Person Under the Age of Sixteen.
Madelaine EMERSON, 37 years old of Surrey, has been charged with the following Criminal Code offences: 1 count of Sexual Assault; 1 count of Being in a Position of Authority and Touching a Person for a Sexual Purpose; 1 count of Threats to Cause Death or Bodily Harm.
The investigation is still ongoing and officers believe there is potential that other victims exist that have not come forward to police.
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, says Corporal Scotty Schumann.
Our highly skilled investigators take sexual assaults very seriously, and, supported by our Surrey RCMP Victim Services workers, are here to listen and provide emotional support.
For more information about Surrey RCMP Victim Services, click here.
Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502. If they wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.
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Cpl. Scotty Schumann
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Surrey RCMP Media Relations Unit
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