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Carstairs man Thomas Larry Jones charged in connection to historical sexual assaults

The Calgary Police Service Child Abuse Unit has charged a man with two historical sex assaults dating back to the 1970s.

The charges relate to two female victims who knew the accused as a pastor at a northwest Calgary Baptist church. The allegations came to the attention of police after a similar case in 2012, where another leader at the same church was charged with sexually assaulting three male victims in the 1980s and 1990s.

The most recent investigation revealed the alleged sexual abuse against one of the females began in 1979 when the victim was five years old and continued until she was 15. The other victim was nine years old when the alleged abuse began in 1986, and it continued until she was 18.

In both cases, the victims were parishioners at the Baptist church where the accused was a religious leader and teacher. The assaults allegedly occurred in the church and at the accused’s then neighbouring home.

On Wednesday, April 9, 2014, police arrested and charged Thomas Larry Jones, 69, of Carstairs, AB. He is charged with:

- Indecent assault of a female

- Three counts of gross indecency

- Four counts of sexual assault

- Two counts of sexual interference

- Two counts of sexual exploitation

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