Almost a year after he was arrested, a former Grey County church leader known as 'the prophet' will stand trial for alleged crimes dating back to 1978.

Fred King was the leader of the now defunct Church of Jesus Christ Restored near Chatsworth, Ont.

Following complaints of assault from a former 'church wife,' he was arrest in April 2014.

A preliminary hearing wrapped up in Owen Sound on Wednesday, with Fred committed to stand trial.

He faces 24 charges including sexual exploitation, sexual interference, sexual assault and uttering death threats.

The incidents allegedly happenet at the Chatsworth-area church compound from 1978 to 2008.

A book penned by one of his former 'church wives' alleges years of sexual and physical abuse by Fred and his brother Judson King.

Fred will next be in court on May 4 while his brother returns to court on April 7.