Sexual Abuse Charges Dropped Against Former Children’s Ministry Volunteer at Covenant Life Church

But the state’s attorney says the investigation is still open

Charges of child sexual abuse have been dropped, for now, against Larry Ellis Caffery, 66, a former children’s ministry volunteer at Covenant Life Church, a Gaithersburg, Md., congregation that has faced other similar allegations within its membership.

The Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office dropped nine counts of child sexual abuse and two counts of false imprisonment that were filed against Caffery in March. A protective order barring him from contact with an unidentified individual remains in place until April 1, 2017.

Because the charges were not dismissed but dropped, prosecutors can refile the identical charges or submit new ones at a later date. Caffery’s defense attorney, Mallon Snyder, and the public affairs director for the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office, Ramon Korionoff, refused to comment on the case, including why the charges were dropped.

“This is an ongoing investigation, and it would be inappropriate for me to go into details at this time,” Korionoff said.

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Bonnie Pritchett

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