Sur­rey man charged with sex re­lated of­fences sex­ual as­sault charges lead to ap­peal for fur­ther vic­tims

Asian Journal - - WORLD -

Sur­rey: Sur­rey RCMP is ad­vis­ing the pub­lic of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion which has re­sulted in sex­ual as­sault charges be­ing laid against a for­mer church elder and cur­rent bus driver.

Brian Batke, 72 years-old from Sur­rey, has been charged with one count of Sex­ual as­sault and one count of Sex­ual ex­ploita­tion.

The al­le­ga­tions stem from in­ci­dents which oc­curred in 2005 and were re­ported to po­lice in 2017. At the time of these oc­cur­rences, the vic­tim was a youth. Brian Batke was a mem­ber of the Cloverdale Chris­tian Fellowship Church from its in­cep­tion and ended his as­so­ci­a­tion with the church in 2005. He has been a bus driver with Coast Moun­tain Bus Com­pany for ap­prox­i­mately 13 years.

De­tails of Mr. Batke’s em­ploy­ment and his as­so­ci­a­tions in the com­mu­nity are be­ing re­leased to the pub­lic be­cause of their rel­e­vance to the al­le­ga­tions against him. In­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve there may be fur­ther vic­tims who may have had con­tact with Mr. Batke at the church or as a bus pas­sen­ger, who have not yet spo­ken with po­lice.

“Speak­ing with po­lice about a sex­ual as­sault can be daunt­ing and takes courage,” says Cpl. Elenore Sturko. “Our in­ves­ti­ga­tors are aware of how dif­fi­cult this process can be for peo­ple. We ap­proach our in­ves­ti­ga­tions with care and com­pas­sion in­clud­ing the as­sis­tance of our vic­tim ser­vices sup­port work­ers.”

There is a pub­li­ca­tion ban in place to pro­tect the iden­tity of the vic­tim and po­lice will not be re­leas­ing any fur­ther de­tails in or­der to keep the in­tegrity of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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