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Youth minister in court on child sex charges

Chris Furey

Chris Furey

CAMP VERDE -- Chris Furey was led into Yavapai County Superior Court Tuesday morning with the help of a walker, but his session before Judge Tina Ainley did not take long.

The judge asked if there would be a settlement, and Furey's Phoenix attorney Michael Ziton told her not so far, and asked for six weeks before a pretrial conference.

Furey, an associate youth minister at the Emmanuel Fellowship Church, was indicted in August on 19 counts of sex with a 16-year-old girl, five counts of sexual conduct with a minor, 11 counts of sexual abuse and four counts of luring a minor for sexual exploitation.

The crimes were alleged to have been committed between June and August of 2010. Furey is currently in custody at the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde and is held pending a $250,000 bond.

The parents of the young girl were in the audience for Furey's court appearance.

Furey returns to court Nov. 9.

In a separate action, Furey's wife has filed an application for divorce.

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