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Feds raid Sterling apartment owned by Calvary Temple

Former members of Calvary Temple in Sterling have repeatedly alleged abuse by the church’s leadership. Times-Mirror File Photo
Federal authorities conducted a raid Friday at a Sterling apartment owned by the controversial Calvary Temple church.

A neighbor reported seeing multiple firearms and computers seized from the apartment located at 125 Westwick Court, which land records show is owned by Calvary.

According to Loudoun County Sheriff's Office spokesman Kraig Troxell, the local sheriff's office was assisting the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in executing the federal warrant.

Calls to the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were not returned Monday morning.

“Multiple sherrif's [deputies] and many ATF agents seized hunting rifles, assault rifles and computers along with many other smaller items,” an eyewitness said.

According to a former member of Calvary, an arrest was made, though the man is believed to have been released the next day.

As first reported by the Times-Mirror in 2015, former congregants of Calvary Temple have alleged physical and emotional abuse – including child sexual assault – at the hands of the church's leadership. Some of the former Calvary members have continually protested outside the church.

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office said in 2015 it had opened an investigation into the church. According to Troxell, "the investigation into allegations made against members of the church remain under investigation in close coordination with the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney."

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office listed nothing about the raid in its incident report released Monday.

According to witnesses, a tenant of a another Calvary Temple-owned condo was spotted Saturday removing guns from his residence.


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-"A year later, allegations of abuse at Sterling’s Calvary Temple still unresolved"
-"Spiritual warfare at Sterling’s Calvary Temple church"

Comments


@Monembo, the “church” won’t say anything about the allegations and directs their members to remain silent. No one will hear anything from the “church” regarding the raid on one of their apartments or anything about the investigation against them… Thinking that their silence is telling the world of their innocence!


Thank you, Trevor.


Federal warrant? NOT SURPRISED.  As a former member of this “church” I can say, this place is bad news.


This article unfortunately makes reference to an investigation of the church that has nothing to do with the events surrounding the ATF raid.

In the past couple of years the Loudoun Times has published long stories about Calvary Temple trouble including allegations of sexual abuse. Yet in the previous two stories, the reporter did not attempt to speak with church authorities. Very amateur performance.


I’ll still eat The Don’s pizza.


The Sheriff’s office turned the investigation over to Virginia State Police


It’s about time!  I can’t believe these cult people have been scamming this community for so long.  It seems now they are also very dangerous,  Firearms?


In Waco Texas the ATF raided the Branch Davidian’s compound in lieu of the local sheriff’s department properly investigating allegations of sexual abuse against children in their congregation.  The official reason the ATF gave was that the Davidian’s were stock piling guns.  Well, that was true but they were selling guns at gun shows which was their primary income and funding of their compound.  This raid on Calvary seems to strike a similar chord.  Clearly the allegations of sexual abuse against Calvary Temple merit an investigation by our sheriff’s department and while they say the investigation is “on going” it’s hard not to wonder if they are just avoiding the problem since it has been “on going” for two years now.  It’s a double edged sword when we accept a federal agency like the ATF stepping in under the guise of weaponry. Our own sheriff’s department is clearly dragging its heels and so we have a desire for someone to do something but now, not only is there no indication of the pursuit of justice for the alleged victims but we are also allowing a very tricky door to be opened by not questioning the involvement of the ATF.  Who doesn’t have guns in VA?  What motivated the ATF to conduct these raids? What is the status of the Sheriff’s investigation?  I’ll be very curious to see what the outcome of this is, if anything and people should be concerned about the door that just opened in Loudoun county.


A federal warrant?  Guns and computers being removed? The government must have some strong evidence against the residents in order to do that.


About friggin’ time.

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