Alberta Bible college contacts police about abuse

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Posted: Nov 19, 2011 9:58 PM
Alberta Bible college contacts police about abuse

A Bible college in western Canada said Saturday it has contacted the police over sexual abuse allegations that date back several decades.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police spokesperson Doris Stapleton said Saturday it was her understanding that one person has come forward alleging abuse at the Prairie Bible Institute in Three Hills, Alberta.

"There has been an allegation of an historic sexual assault," Stapleton said.

Police are only in the early stages of determining whether an investigation is necessary, she said

On its website, the institute said the allegations were made by people connected with the college, but added those involved are no longer there.

The statement said the college brought a file containing the allegations to the and has assured RCMP investigators of its full co-operation.

Prairie Bible Institute was founded in 1922, when its founder, L.E. Maxwell, taught the Bible to eight local farm children. It later grew to include a ministry for mission preparation, a technical college and an aviation school.

The statement does not specify who the allegations have been made against.

Mark L. Maxwell, the college's president and the grandson of its founder, said his goal in dealing with the allegations is to be "open and accessible.

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"In partnership with our students, faculty, staff and alumni, our objective is to provide a school environment that is healthy and vibrant, giving life to all who come our way," Maxwell says in the statement.

Prairie Bible Institute boasts 16,000 alumni in 114 countries.

Prairie Bible Institute said in an email Saturday that Maxwell wouldn't be available to speak about the investigation until Monday.