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Fred King Prophet

The Prophet of cult-like church near Owen Sound gets 18months for assaulting members

“Fred King, knownto his parishioners simply as ‘The Prophet,’ was sentenced today to 18 months’ jailfollowed by two years’ probation. His church, which came to public attentionfirst through a W5 television expose, has disbanded, according to defenselawyer Paul Mergler. King, 57, pleaded guilty in May to nine assaults whichtook place between Dec. 12, 1988, and Aug. 10, 2008, mostly in ChatsworthTownship or elsewhere in Grey County, and in one case in Peel Region, involvingfour church members… King’s victims in the charges he admitted to includethree males between 11 and 19 years of age at the time, and Carol Christie. Sheand husband John Christie did not attend the sentencing because they attended afuneral instead… Letters from three of King’s children, all adults now, andfrom his wife, who attended court Wednesday, were submitted for the judge toconsider. They work for the family printing business too. ‘The church has beendisbanded. So all of those people are there because they want to be,’ Merglersaid. King always ‘adamantly denied’ any of the sexual charges, he noted. Buthis crimes, court case precedents and terms of the Criminal Code all ‘cry outfor a jail term’ in this case, he said. ‘Clearly the time for impunity has [passed].’Fred King’s brother, Judson King, is charged with assault with a weapon, sexualassault and three counts of assault between 1981 and 2007. He is to appear inassignment court in the Superior Court of Justice Nov. 7.” (Vancouver Sun,09/14/16) [IT 8.1]

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