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Communities coping with child sex abuse
01/03/2020
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – When a case of child sexual abuse comes to light in a community or congregation, it can be challenging to talk about, but advocates say that communication is extremely important in prevention and healing. A viewer who is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sent ABC4’s Sarah Martin an audio recording of a bishop trying to explain one of these horrible cases to his Utah congregation.
ABC 4 News

 

Former Salt Lake Figure Skating chief charged with soliciting sex from underage girl
12/10/2019
Charging documents said Shepard was also a teacher in Primary, an organization to teach children in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Salt Lake Tribune

 

Former LDS Stake President, has been arrested for allegedly possessing child porn in Boise, ID
11/20/2019
BOISE — Police arrested a Boise man Wednesday on suspicion of possession of child pornography, and the Idaho Office of the Attorney General is asking for help from anyone who might have information about the case. Ronald Brockner, 60, faces five counts of sexual exploitation of a child — all felonies — according to the Idaho Supreme Court’s online repository.
Idaho Press

 

High priest of Norman church removed from position following child sex crime charges
10/19/2019
NORMAN, Okla. — A member of the high council of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, according to church members, was removed from his position amid allegations of lewd acts with a child.
Oklahoma's News 4

 

Utah woman to sue LDS Church using California law that helps child sex assault survivors
10/16/2019
SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — Kristy Johnson, now a resident of Utah, is preparing to sue The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints under a newly-passed California law designed to help adults who were sexually assaulted as children.
KUTV 2

 

Utah woman charged with illegal sexual conduct with 2 underage girls
10/10/2019
SOUTH JORDAN — A South Jordan woman faces criminal charges accusing her of engaging in sexual activity with two underage girls. Kami Lee Chesnut, 41, was charged Thursday in 3rd District Court with unlawful sexual activity with a minor, a third-degree felony. She was also charged in a separate case with three class A misdemeanor counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and two counts of providing alcohol to a minor.
KSL News

 

More people come forward accusing driver's ed teacher, Mormon church bishop of sex abuse
09/17/2019
Detectives say about thirty people have come forward claiming to be victims of sex abuse from a former drivers ed instructor who also used to be a Mormon bishop. Washington County Sheriff's Detective Mark Povolny talked to KATU News after Paul Burdick's brief court appearance Tuesday morning.
KATU 2

 

Convicted sex offender reportedly raped two girls for 'bizarre spiritual rituals'
09/09/2019
A Lehi man convicted of sexual misconduct nearly a decade ago has been charged with reportedly raping two young girls under the excuse of spiritual rituals and wanting to teach the girls how to have sex.
Daily Herald

 

Hillsboro driver ed teacher, Mormon bishop arrested for sex abuse
09/05/2019
Paul Burdick taught driver education at Portland Community College's Rock Creek campus. He was also the bishop of the Hillsboro Ward of the LDS Church.
KGW8

 

Former Primary teacher charged with sex abuse asks judge to let him go back to church
08/30/2019
Sean Sund, 46, "held a position of trust over (the) victim as he was a primary teacher in their LDS branch,” and therefore the court prohibited him from attending his ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. However, Sund says the court order has kept him away from many of his close friends.
KUTV News

 

Utah man, once an LDS bishop, jailed for child sexual abuse
08/29/2019
(KUTV) — A Utah man, who once was a bishop in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is in jail on a two-year sentence after he pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual abuse of a child. Francis Heber Fuller, 78, was originally charged with 11 counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, one count of first-degree sexual abuse of a child and lewdness involving a child. Fuller was to face a jury trial this year but instead pleaded guilty to two of the charges that were reduced to second-degree felonies while the rest of the charges were dismissed with prejudice; they cannot be brought against Fuller in the future.
KUTV 2

 

Former LDS bishop’s sex abuse convictions upheld by Utah Supreme Court
07/31/2019
A former Mormon bishop’s arguments that his previous attorneys were ineffectual and hurt his case didn’t convince the Utah Supreme Court to throw out convictions for sexually abusing two women.
Salt Lake Tribune

 

LDS Church leaders didn’t report member who confessed to making child porn: docs
07/25/2019
A Utah man belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says he told LDS leaders about his child porn obsession — including how he made and distributed images of kids as young as 4 — and they didn’t report him to police. Benjamin Alyk, a former LDS mission rep who served in the Dominican Republic, claims he told multiple church officials about his sickening behavior and had been ordered to appear before a disciplinary council, but nothing was done to alert authorities.
NY Post, KUTV

 

LDS Church leaders didn't report man who confessed to making child porn, docs say
07/24/2019
(KUTV) — A Utah man turned himself in to law enforcement for viewing, making and distributing child pornography after his local church leaders failed to report it after his confession, court documents state.
KUTV 2

 

Former LDS bishop Sam Young, other advocates announce first national march against child sex abuse will take place in Salt Lake City
07/20/2019
A coalition of advocates against child sex abuse in churches gathered Sunday to announce the nation’s “first march” — planned for this fall in Salt Lake City — dedicated to ending such abuse.
Salt Lake Tribune

 

A Utah lawmaker wants to force clergy to report confessions of child sex abuse to police
07/16/2019
SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah law currently says a perpetrator's confession of abuse to a member of the clergy can remain confidential.
Fox 13

 

Utah, Arizona dismiss bar complaints against LDS Church lawyer who gave advice on when to report sex abuse
07/05/2019
n a case that highlighted when lay clergy within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints might report sex abuse, the agencies that regulate attorneys in Utah, Arizona and California have dismissed complaints a prosecutor filed against a lawyer representing the Utah-based faith.
Salt Lake Tribune

 

Families speak out against the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints over sex abuse allegations
06/28/2019
The following report was put together by reviewing trial testimony and court documents and interviewing multiple plaintiffs who were involved in a lawsuit against the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints. The plaintiffs in that lawsuit alleged that the Church and several Church officials failed to take steps to protect the plaintiff's children from a teenager who was ultimately convicted of sexually abusing two young children.
ABC News

 

Ex-Mormon bishop given 4 months in sex abuse of teenage boy
06/12/2019
WEST JORDAN, Utah (AP) — A former bishop with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been sentenced to four months in jail after being found guilty of sexual abuse of one teenage boy and lewdness with another.
AP

 

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

 

What happens when ecclesiastical leaders fail to report child abuse?
04/25/2019
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – Victims of childhood abuse say Utah’s mandatory report laws don’t go far enough in protecting children. Utah is a mandatory report state, meaning that any adult who is aware of abuse happening to a child is legally required to report it, but there are a few exceptions.
ABC 4 News

 

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

 

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