|Former Revelstokian Faces Charges of Sex Offences against Minor
By Aaron Orlando
Revelstoke Times Review
September 21, 2010
A former Revelstoke resident has been arrested and is facing numerous criminal charges alleging sexual offences against a minor.
Christopher Furey, 43, was arrested in late August. At the time of his arrest, he was serving as a youth pastor at the Emmanuel Fellowship Church in Cottonwood, Arizona.
He faces five counts of sexual conduct with a minor, 11 counts of sexual abuse and four counts of luring a minor for sexual exploitation, reports the Cape Verde Bugle, of Cape Verde Arizona.
Furey left Revelstoke about two years ago. When he was in Revelstoke, he was associated with the Christian City Church, popularly known at the C3 Church.
C3 Church Pastor Dave Olson says Furey was an associate of the church at the time, involved with duties including graphic design work. Furey's wife Alicia Furey ran the church's children's program at the time, but Olson says Chris Furey was not involved with that program.
Olson said the church has strict program designed to protect the safety of children and youth. He said they church does not have any reason to believe any wrongdoing occurred at the church relating to Furey, and that no complaints were ever received relating to him.
Olson provided a statement to congregation members soon after the news of the arrest became public.
Revelstoke RCMP spokesperson Rod Wiebe told the Times Review RCMP didn't have dealings with Furey when he was here. "I have no knowledge of [Christopher Furey] nor have we been contacted by US authorities," he wrote in a reply to questions.
A B.C. criminal record search also indicated no record for Christopher Furey in this province.
Furey is believed to have resided in Revelstoke for about seven years.
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