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Updated: Mon, 28 Oct 2013 20:53:15 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

No evidence in Furlong molestation allegations, says RCMP



RCMP have told Beverly Abraham that they have found no evidence to support her allegations of sexual abuse at the hands of former VANOC chief John Furlong at a northern B.C. elementary school in the late 1960s and early 1970s. CBC

RCMP have told Beverly Abraham that they have found no evidence to support her allegations of sexual abuse at the hands of former VANOC chief John Furlong at a northern B.C. elementary school in the late 1960s and early 1970s. CBC

A woman who alleges that she was sexually assaulted by former VANOC CEO John Furlong says the RCMP has informed her they have found no evidence that the assaults took place.

Beverly Abraham, 55, claimed in a civil suit filed in July that Furlong molested her approximately 12 times in 1969 and 1970 while he was a physical education teacher at Immaculata Roman Catholic Elementary School in Burns Lake, B.C.

Furlong says he never abused her or another student who has made similar accusations. He has not been convicted of any offence relating to the allegations. 

Abraham says that two weeks ago, an RCMP investigator informed her that they have found no evidence of the incidents and so cannot move forward with any charges.

"It's really, honestly, hurting me. It's hurting my heart so bad. It's like broken into a million pieces now, and it hurts my stomach. It's just like someone touching me all over again," she says.

Abraham also says she believes that RCMP investigators only spoke to her 90 year-old mother, who suffers from dementia, in regards to her allegations.

The RCMP issued a statement that its investigation into the allegations was independently reviewed by major crime investigators from another province, but that the file remains open.

Abraham insists she will continue with her civil suit against Furlong.

A spokesperson for Furlong declined to make any comment to CBC News, and indicated Furlong would issue a statement tomorrow.

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