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Former deacon charged in decade-old sex assault case

LEESBURG (AP) A former deacon at a Northern Virginia church that has faced criticism from ex-members has been charged with sexually assaulting a teenager more than a decade ago.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office announced charges against 62-year-old Kevin O’Connor of Sterling including sexual assault by force and taking indecent liberties with a child.

News reports indicated O’Connor was a deacon at Calvary Temple in Sterling, an independent church that critics say engages in cult-like behavior.

Sheriff’s deputies first began investigating in 2003, when the victim first came forward. But the lead investigator, who was also a church member, determined there was insufficient evidence to go forward.

The sheriff’s office reopened the case in 2012, leading to O’Connor’s indictment.

O’Connor’s attorney did not return a call seeking comment Thursday.

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