Former Cloverdale church elder charged with sexual assault in Surrey

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      As a result of a Surrey RCMP investigation, a senior is facing sexual-assault charges and investigators are seeking to speak with any potential victims.

      On October 5, Surrey RCMP announced that 72-year-old man Brian Batke from Surrey has been charged with one count of sexual assault and one count of sexual exploitation.

      The allegations are related to incidents involving a youth in 2005 and were reported to police in 2017.

      Batke was a member of the Cloverdale Christian Fellowship Church from its beginning. He ended his association with the church in 2005.

      He has also been a bus driver for the Coast Mountain Bus Company for about 13 years.

      Investigators believe there may be other victims who have had contact with him either at the church or as a bus passenger.

      The identity of the victim is not being withheld due to a publication ban to protect the victim.

      Anyone who would like to speak with police about this investigation can contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502. 

      This incident follows a year after another sexual-assault case related to the Cloverdale Christian Fellowship Church.

      In October 2017, a former pastor of the church, Samuel Emerson, faced 25 charges related to sexual assault while his wife Madelaine faced three charges, including sexual assault and threats to cause death or bodily harm. In March 2018, they pleaded not guilty for assaults that allegedly took place between 2015 and 2017.