Faking His Death To Escape Authorities

Kevin Laferney, 40 of Gilmer was arrested by U.S. Marshals on Tuesday in Montana.

"He knew he was running, he knew eventually he'd be caught, so to me he was considered an extremely dangerous individual," said Upshur County Sheriff Anthony Betterton.

Laferney is charged with sexually assaulting at least five girls under seventeen. Some of the victim cases span from anywhere from 10 years ago.

Laferney was supposed to appear in court in February but, authorities say instead of facing those charges, he faked his death and fled to Montana. There, he went by the alias "Chance Chambers" and worked in a paint shop.

Lafferney was a former youth minister at Glenwood First Baptist Church..

Police arrested Laferney's father, Othell Laferney, 70 today.  He's now being charged with "false report to a police officer."

Laferney is in Montana awaiting extradition back to Upshur county.

"Our investigators are pleased to know that this individual is off the street because he prays on young children," said Betterton.

If convicted of the aggravated sexual assault charges Laferney could face up to 99 years in prison.

LaKecia Shockley, Reporting lshockley@kltv.com