He was a celebrity pastor at one of Canada’s biggest megachurches. Inside the sexual abuse allegations that brought down Bruxy Cavey he was praised as a “visionary” and “man of faith and conviction” in the Vancouver Sun.
Bruxy Cavey, the now-defunct megachurch pastor accused of sexually abusing teenage girls, never actually appeared in court. Instead he fled Vancouver and turned himself in at the Ontario Provincial Police.
He was the one who was arrested when police launched a massive undercover police investigation at the church, called First Coast.
“They just followed him from one place to another, with the ultimate end result being his arrest,” says lawyer Ian Young. “He was just trying to do the right thing from his perspective.”
Young has just filed a lawsuit against Bruxy Cavey and the province, as a former member of First Coast’s staff, for sexual, verbal and physical abuse that he suffered over five years.
“When one of the teenagers reported to me that she was being sexually abused by a pastor, the first thing I said to her was, ‘Have you reported it?’” said Young.
Bruxy Cavey never admitted to the allegations and has since fled Canada.
“If the allegations are accurate, then this is as real as you can get,” said Young. “He is a man who has made himself vulnerable.”
Vancouver District Court
In 2009, a 17-year-old student at Vancouver International High School, named Tyshawn Wright, told a friend that she had been sexually assaulted by Bruxy Cavey, the pastor of First Coast Evangelical Church.
After he allegedly began acting inappropriately she tried to quit school, but said she felt powerless to do so.
At that moment, Bruxy Cavey was pastor of First Coast. He later became