|Buckeye Pastor Charged with Sex Abuse
By Melissa Gonzalo
March 24, 2009
Charles Lawrence Carfrey is facing charges of assisting a criminal syndicate, having sexual conduct with a minor and sexual abuse. The 59-year-old worked as pastor of The Lord's House church in Buckeye. Buckeye police said Carfrey moved the church from Oregon to Arizona around the year 2000. Court documents show before moving to Arizona, Carfrey was charged and convicted of molesting his daughter who was 16 years old at the time and sexually assaulting another woman while on probation.
Buckeye police said church members told them they would give Carfrey their money and he would use it as he wished, describing it as some kind of cult. The women who came forward to police said Carfrey would make them perform sexual acts. "All of them we talked to so far have been previously abused, either sexually or physically," said Detective Doug Dodge. "He brings them in for counseling to kind of fix themselves or help them out and once he gets them comfortable then he starts doing his thing." Dodge said Carfrey would ask the women to take off their clothes and then fondle them and have them perform sexual acts.
Buckeye police are continuing their investigation and believe there could be more victims and arrests. Carfrey denied ever touching the women and refused to take a lie detector test.
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