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Originally published April 16, 2011 at 7:38 PM | Page modified April 16, 2011 at 7:52 PM

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2 Idaho churches protected predator, suit says

Two North Idaho churches are accused of concealing and protecting a known child predator who sexually assaulted boys in both congregations, according to a lawsuit filed last week in Kootenai County District Court.

The Spokesman-Review

Two North Idaho churches are accused of concealing and protecting a known child predator who sexually assaulted boys in both congregations, according to a lawsuit filed last week in Kootenai County District Court.

Anthony L. Iglesias is in the Idaho State Correctional Institution after being convicted of sexually abusing two Kootenai County brothers in 2003.

The two churches are part of an international fellowship of nondenominational churches based in Santa Ana, Calif. Calls to both churches were not returned Friday.

Iglesias worked for the Calvary Chapel in Rathdrum and the North Country Chapel in Post Falls, according to the lawsuit filed on behalf of two men who say they also were abused by Iglesias when they were under 16.

Alex McIntosh, 22, says he was abused by Iglesias while he attended North Country Chapel. Nicholas Rutler, 22, says in the lawsuit that he was abused by Iglesias while he attended both North Country and Calvary Chapel.

Their lawsuit alleges the churches knew or should have known Iglesias was a child predator because years before, a Calvary Chapel in California denied him access to children because he had been convicted as a minor of improper sexual conduct with a younger boy.

In addition, Iglesias had been recalled from a religious mission for North Country Chapel at an orphanage in Thailand.

The plaintiffs allege the churches acted in concert with Iglesias to hide his history of pedophilia.

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