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The Mormon Church Is Accused of Using a Victims' Hotline to Hide Sexual Abuse Claims (HBO)
05/02/2019
Video from Vice TV (HBO)
Vice TV

 

How an Abuse Victim’s Nerve and a Hidden iPhone Led to the Arrest of a Sundance Founder
04/28/2019
Sean Escobar had been waiting for the moment for more than a quarter-century. Over the course of an hour in September, Mr. Escobar sat at a dining room table with Sterling Van Wagenen, a founder of the Sundance Film Festival and a respected figure in the Mormon community, and asked him about a moment that had bothered Mr. Escobar since he was 13.
New York Times

 

Director of Mormon Temple Videos Charged with First Degree Sexual Abuse of a Child
04/10/2019
On April 2, 2019, Sterling Van Wagenen, noted film director and producer, was indicted in Utah on a single count of aggravated sexual abuse of a child. An arrest warrant was issued on April 4 and Van Wagenen posted bail of $75,000 on April 8. The charge is a first-degree felony which, according to the charging document, carries a 15-year minimum sentence and up to life imprisonment if he is convicted.
Truth and Transparency Foundation

 

Dodge County Man, Arrested For Sexual Assault of Minor
04/08/2019
(ABC 6 News) -- A Dodge Center man who was reportedly a young men's leader at a church in Kasson, has been charged with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Davis was a leader at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Kasson.
ABC News

 

Daughter of 70-year-old man accused of sexual abuse speaks out after his arrest
03/28/2019
WEST VALLEY CITY (ABC4 News) - A day after West Valley City Police Department arrested and charged David Allen Williams, his daughter is speaking out exclusively to ABC4 News.
ABC News

 

West Valley City man charged with 25 felony counts for sexually abusing 7 young girls
03/27/2019
A 70-year-old West Valley City man has been charged with 25 felony counts for allegedly sexually abusing seven girls over a 14-year period — and police are looking for more victims.
Salt Lake Tribune

 

The Role Mormon Religion Plays In 'Abducted In Plain Sight'
03/09/2019
As millions of viewers watch the crime documentary Abducted in Plain Sight on Netflix, the overwhelming response is shock and disbelief. How could this have possibly happened? How in the world could a man abduct the same child twice? And then not face consequences for it?
Forbes

 

Man arrested in undercover human trafficking investigation is an LDS bishop in Utah
02/20/2019
(KUTV) — A man arrested as part of an undercover operation targeting human trafficking is currently the bishop of an LDS ward in Lehi, Utah. On Tuesday, detectives arrested David N. Moss, 51, who is currently the bishop of a congregation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Lehi. Sgt. Spencer Cannon, with the Utah County Sheriff's Office, said they have no evidence but are investigating the possibility of other victims because of his position of trust as a local church leader and a vice police officer as late as 2012.
KUTV News

 

Case against former LDS primary teacher charged with child sexual abuse headed to trial
02/09/2019
A judge determined at a preliminary hearing this week that there is sufficient evidence against Sean Sund, 47, to move the case forward to a trial.
KUTV News

 

Lawsuit: LDS Church failed to keep child safe from abuse
01/01/2019
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Another member of the Navajo Nation is suing The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, saying he was abused in a now-defunct program that sent children into foster care for the school year.
KUTV News

 

Former Sandy Sunday School teacher, youth leader charged with sexually abusing children
12/21/2018
SANDY (KUTV) — A Utah man is facing two counts of sexual abuse of a child, and two counts of sodomy upon a child for events which allegedly happened in the 1980s, according to new charging documents.
KUTV News

 

Ex-LDS bishop plans to expand efforts to fight against child abuse
12/20/2018
(KUTV) — A former bishop for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is planning to expand his efforts to protect children against abuse.
KJZZ.COM

 

Nearly 20 settlements reached in lawsuits against Boy Scouts, Mormon Church over sex abuse
12/20/2018
More than 20 men have filed lawsuits in Idaho alleging they were sexually abused in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s while participating in Boy Scout activities. Recently released confidential files show that both institutions were aware of the problems
Idaho Statesman

 

Ex-Utah church leader charged with sex abuse, lewdness involving boys
12/14/2018
A Draper man described in court documents as a "leader" in a local church was charged Wednesday with sexually abusing a boy in his congregation and being lewd around other boys.
KSL.COM

 

Deposition of LDS Church president sought in sex abuse lawsuit
12/14/2018
The president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is being sought for a deposition in a lawsuit alleging sexual abuse involving his daughter and son-in-law.
Fox 13

 

LDS Confessions
11/21/2018
A new Facebook page has been getting a lot of attention by people who want to share their often-horrific church stories.
Salt Lake City Weekly

 

Non-profit organization calls for change in laws requiring clergy to report sex abuse
11/07/2018
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah legislators woke up from election night Wednesday morning to a release calling on a change in laws involving the sanctity of the communication between a clergy member and those who may seek forgiveness.
Fox 13 News

 

Claims Of Sexual Abuse Continue To Haunt LDS Church
10/17/2018
This week The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meets in Salt Lake City for its bi-annual conference. Meanwhile a report in the Salt Lake Tribune says a new lawsuit claims the Church turned a blind eye to the sexual abuse of children in one of its programs.
Wyoming Public Media

 

A lawsuit accuses relatives of Mormon church president of sexually abusing children
10/03/2018
A lawsuit filed in Salt Lake City’s federal court on Wednesday alleges sexual abuse and a cover up involving family members of the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Salt Lake Tribune

 

Lawsuit alleging sex abuse, cover up filed against family of LDS Church president
10/03/2018
The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Salt Lake City on Wednesday by six unnamed people listed only as "Jane Doe" and "John Doe" against unnamed "Doe 1 Male Defendant" and "Doe 2 Female Defendant." However, Brenda and Richard Miles' attorney publicly disclosed their names after the lawsuit was filed and said they vigorously deny the allegations.
Fox 13 News

 

LDS Church settles sex abuse lawsuits
09/24/2018
SALT LAKE CITY -- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has settled a series of lawsuits filed by a group of people alleging they were sexually abused within a church-run program for Native American children.
Fox 13 News

 

Tribal members settle abuse cases against Mormon church
09/22/2018
FLAGSTAFF – Four Native Americans who claimed they were sexually abused while enrolled in a now-defunct Mormon church foster program decades ago filed paperwork to dismiss their cases after reaching financial settlements, a lawyer said....
AP

 

MormonLeaks: Leaked document sheds light on LDS Church's handling of 7 sex abuse cases
09/11/2018
(KUTV) — The website MormonLeaks obtained a formerly confidential document that shows how The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in 2012, handled allegations of sexual assault against missionaries and one stake president.
KUTV 2 News

 

Lawyers: Deal unlikely in Mormon church sexual abuse
09/06/2018
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mormon church lawyers said this week it’s unlikely they will reach a settlement with a woman who accuses the faith of covering for a former missionary leader who she says raped her in the 1980s.
Associated Press

 

Musical Prodigy Siblings: Why We Turned Our Dad in for Sex Abuse & How We're Helping Other Survivors
09/06/2018
n June 2010, the Brown siblings — piano-playing musical prodigies who perform together as The 5 Browns — came forward to police to reveal a startling secret: Their father and manager, Keith Brown, had been sexually abusing his three daughters for years, thousands of times over.
People.com

 

Clergy Sex Abuse Survivors Face Lifelong Financial Burdens
09/04/2018
When Ray Santori was 10, his mother died. His father had died the year before, so an aunt and uncle near Pittsburgh took him in.
UPR.ORG

 

Woman who accused fromer MTC president of rape confronts his LDS Church ward in Arizona
09/04/2018
The woman who alleges the former president of the Missionary Training Center raped her in 1984 brought her battle to an LDS ward in Arizona on Sunday, and a video of her repeating her accusations there has been posted on YouTube.
Salt Lake Tribune

 

When Churches Become Scenes of Sexual Abuse
08/16/2018
In 2017, six Mormon families tried to sue the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for allegedly covering up child sexual abuse by a church member of children as young as 4 and 6 years old. And another suit against the Mormon church claims “Native American children were sexually abused while enrolled in the church’s Indian Student Placement Program.”
TownHall

 

What Happens When Mormon Leaders Treat Child Sexual Abuse As A Sin, Not A Crime
07/16/2018
Kristy Johnson says her father molested and raped her — along with her two sisters — throughout their teen and childhood years.
KUER NPR Utah

 

Woman Claims Mormon Church’s Cover-Up Culture Protected Her Sexual Predator Dad
06/29/2018
A woman who filed a child sexual abuse lawsuit against her father is claiming that Mormon church leaders knew about the abuse for years but failed to report it to the police.
HuffPost

 

Woman says Mormon church failed to report dad's sexual abuse
06/28/2018
SALT LAKE CITY – A woman who claims in a lawsuit that her father sexually abused her as a child said Thursday that Mormon church leaders allowed the sexual assault to continue by failing to report it to police.
Fox News

 

Jury trial begins in Berkeley County Mormon Church sexual abuse case
01/18/2018
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A jury of five men and one woman was seated Thursday for a trial to resolve a 2013 lawsuit that claims Mormon church leaders covered up the sexual abuse of several children by a member who since has been excommunicated and imprisoned.
Herald - Mail Media

 

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