Pastor of Sound Doctrine Church charged with first-degree rape of a child

Religion News Blog — Malcolm John Fraser, the assistant pastor of Sound Doctrine Church in Enumclaw, Washington, was formally charged Thursday afternoon with first-degree rape of a child.

The Enumclaw Courier Herald reports

Fraser, 39, was arrested by Enumclaw police March 20 and will be arraigned April 5.

According to charging papers made public Thursday, Fraser is alleged to have had repeated sexual contacts with a girl during 2005 and 2006. While it was noted intercourse did not occur, other sex acts have been alleged. Papers filed by the King County Prosecutor’s Office state that Fraser forced the young girl to engage in certain sex acts.

A “probable cause” statement issued by the Enumclaw Police Department said the issue was first brought to police attention March 12, when the EPD received a report from Child Protective Services. According to the police document, CPS said a youngster “had been molested by the assistant pastor of a local church during the time frame of 2005 to 2006.” The girl is now 17. [...]

The victim said Fraser informed her she would go to hell if she told anyone what was occurring.

The afternoon of March 20, Fraser was arrested at the office of Winepress Publishing, 1730 Railroad St. in downtown Enumclaw. Sound Doctrine Church owns that business, as well as Salt Shaker Christian Bookstore, another downtown venture.

CHURCH REFERRED TO AS A CULT

In 2009 Sound Doctrine Church was in the news in relation to a custody ruling involving a female member of the church.

The Temporary Custody RulingPDF file in the case shows that friends and family members of the woman and her estranged husband consider the church to be a cult.

The beliefs promoted by Sound Doctrine Church include many unbiblical teachings and, taking practices into account as well the church can be considered to be, theologically, a cult of Christianity.

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