Authorities are investigating allegations of sexual abuse at a Loudoun County church which has previously been criticized for its financial practices and its control over members’ lives.
No charges have been filed against anyone associated with Calvary Temple in Sterling. But the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office issued a statement on Thursday to say that it was investigating possible abuse at the church.
The Loudoun Times-Mirror published an article Wednesday in which two former members of the church said that they had been abused by people associated with the church. The next day, the sheriff’s office issued the statement.
“We take all allegations of abuse seriously and these crimes will be investigated to their fullest extent,” Sheriff Mike Chapman said in the statement, which did not provide details on the possible abuse.
The Washington Post has reported on former congregants’ criticisms of Calvary Temple and its pastor, Star R. Scott, since 2008. In a story then, former members said that the pastor had urged spouses to divorce and convinced parents to cut ties with their children when some members of families left the church.
Scott’s control over the church’s finances was also questioned, and he told congregants in 2009 that he was being investigated by the IRS.
He did not answer calls to his listed phone number on Thursday and Friday, and the church did not respond to an email or phone calls.