Former worship leader accused of sex assault, wife on run after skipping court

Published: Jan. 14, 2019 at 1:21 PM MST
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A disgraced former worship leader and his wife are now fugitives after failing to appear in Park County court this week.

Torin Smith was arrested in 2017

. Prior to his arrest, Smith worked at Lake George-based Community Fellowship of Christians, ran a Christian retreat in Florissant called Praise Mountain Ministries, and led a home-school group involving dozens of young students. He was scheduled to appear at a motions hearing Monday.

Smith's wife, Rena, was recently found guilty of witness tampering and child abuse. Court documents say she sent emails to one of her husband's alleged victims, offering her counseling and prayer -- and telling her to drop the charges. She was supposed to appear in court Tuesday for sentencing.

A judge has issued warrants for the couple's arrest after both were no-shows at their respective court appearances. Once captured, both will return to jail with hefty cash-only bonds: $250,000 for Torin Smith and $100,000 for Rena Smith.

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