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Friday, November 23, 2012

OPP Probe Polygamy Cult

Chatsworth | by Manny Paiva  

Carol Christie interviewed by OPP about shocking case of polygamy and assault.

Grey County OPP are now investigating allegations of abuse and polygamy at a compound just south of Owen Sound.

Former member of the "Church of Jesus Christ Restored", Carol Christie first told her story on the CTV program W-5.

On Thursday, she spent most of the afternoon outlining her allegations to the OPP in Chatsworth.

Christie says she spent nearly 40 years in what essentially was a cult and she suffered physical and emotional abuse at the hands of the Prophet, Fred King.

The Owen Sound woman says she was brought into the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the late 1960's by her mother.

Fred's father, Stan King eventually broke away from the Mormon's and started his own Church.

Carol Christie says she became a "church wife", one of several Stan King had at the time, even though he was more than 20 years older than her.

She says he was very strict, but her life took a turn for the worse in 1986 when Stan died and Fred took over as leader of the Church.

Christie claims he took her as one of his seven wives, and she was spit on, slapped, and kicked at numerous times for alleged straying's from the church teachings.

She finally got fed up after a severe beating and fled about four years ago.

In 2010, Carol Christie launched a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Fred King and the "Church of Jesus Christ restored".

The defendants denied the allegations in statements of defence but Christie says the lawsuit was quickly settled, and she knows of 5 other lawsuits by former members that were also quickly settled out of court.

Christie could not disclose how much money was awarded.

She says her goal by going public is to break up this cult, see charges filed, and put a stop to the abuses at the facility on Concession 2 just east of Chatsworth, between Massie Road and County Road 40.





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