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Judge weighing whether Mormon bishop should stand trial for failure to report abuse
Deseret News ^ | Dec. 22, 2011 | Geoff Liesik

Posted on 12/23/2011 1:29:09 PM PST by Colofornian

DUCHESNE — A judge is considering whether an LDS Church bishop should stand trial for charges of witness tampering and failure to report abuse.

Gordon Lamont Moon, 43, is accused of telling a 16-year-old girl not to contact authorities in late July after she met with him in his capacity as her bishop and told him she'd been sexually abused.

But during a preliminary hearing Thursday in 8th District Court, defense attorney David Leavitt noted that at least six people knew about the abuse before Moon was ever told about it. None of those people have been charged with a crime, Leavitt said.

"That's because Bishop Moon is a bishop, isn't it?" Leavitt asked Duchesne County Sheriff's Lt. Travis Tucker during cross examination.

"I understand what you're saying," Tucker replied. "I haven't thought of it that way."

The lieutenant later conceded that it is his personal belief that, like law enforcement officers, members clergy should be "held to a higher standard."

Tucker called Moon shortly after the teenage girl reported the abuse to the sheriff's office. During the recorded conversation, Moon told the investigator he believed "in Utah, even in the most severe cases (of abuse), a bishop has no obligation to report."

Actually, Utah law requires anyone who “has reason to believe that a child has been subjected to abuse or neglect, or who observes a child being subjected to conditions or circumstances which would reasonably result in abuse or neglect” to report that information immediately to the nearest law enforcement officer or to the state Division of Child and Family Services, the statute states.

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The girl's abuse allegations were turned over to authorities in Kane County, where the alleged assault is said to have occurred...

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TOPICS: Current Events; Moral Issues; Other non-Christian; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: abuse; bishop; inman; lds; mormon
From the article: A judge is considering whether an LDS Church bishop should stand trial for charges of witness tampering and failure to report abuse. Gordon Lamont Moon, 43, is accused of telling a 16-year-old girl not to contact authorities in late July after she met with him in his capacity as her bishop and told him she'd been sexually abused...Actually, Utah law requires anyone who “has reason to believe that a child has been subjected to abuse or neglect, or who observes a child being subjected to conditions or circumstances which would reasonably result in abuse or neglect” to report that information immediately to the nearest law enforcement officer or to the state Division of Child and Family Services, the statute states.

Have Lds bishops covered up other sex abuse cases?

This seems to be an ongoing matter in the Mormon church:

* Mid-November, 2011: Provo city to file charges against LDS bishop
* April, 2011: * Mormon Church Denies Prior Knowledge of Susan Brock Affair With Teen Boy, Which is a Lie
* March, 2011: Sacramento News & Review
* February, 2011: Father of The 5 Browns pleads guilty to sexually abusing his daughters
* December, 2010: Did fellow Mormons cover up officer's baby molestations?

Then there's the slew of multiple Oregon Boy Scout abusers, many of whom were Mormon:
* Boy Scouts sex files now evidence in Oregon lawsuit
* Scout officials, Mormon leaders were warned of abuser, suit says
* Men sue Mormon Church, Boy Scouts in abuse case

* And the most recent article: Child sex abuse claims mount against Boy Scouts

1 posted on 12/23/2011 1:29:19 PM PST by Colofornian
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To: Colofornian

I know someone who reported child molestation to a Mormon Bishop. I’ll always believe this is common, accepted and even promoted in the LDS.


2 posted on 12/23/2011 1:33:50 PM PST by Terry Mross (I'll only vote for a second party)
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To: Terry Mross

Terrible-—We will hear more about this when Mitten’s gets the GOP Nod.


3 posted on 12/23/2011 1:43:11 PM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Terry Mross

Did the bishop report the abuser?


4 posted on 12/23/2011 1:43:38 PM PST by svcw (God's Grace - thank you!)
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To: Colofornian
Judge weighing whether Mormon bishop should stand trial for failure to report abuse

Is his name PATERNO?

5 posted on 12/23/2011 1:56:38 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: Terry Mross

I know from personal, direct experience that Church leaders in the LDS Church are clearly, explicitly and repeatedly directed verbally and in writing to follow all legal reporting requirements in such situations. It is rare that such failures occur, but they do, and those who do not follow the law should be held accountable under the law for such violations, regardless of religious affiliation.

This requirement has been place for years and years in the LDS Church.


6 posted on 12/23/2011 3:49:36 PM PST by JustTheTruth
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To: JustTheTruth; Saundra Duffy

I guess they got what they paid for huh?

I think the LDS are right, unpaid lay clergy are so much better. /sarc


7 posted on 12/23/2011 3:56:09 PM PST by pennyfarmer (Even a RINO will chew its foot off when caught in a trap.)
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To: JustTheTruth; Saundra Duffy

I guess they got what they paid for huh?

I think the LDS are right, unpaid lay clergy are so much better. /sarc

We have to remember that God called this man to be the bishop.


8 posted on 12/23/2011 3:56:42 PM PST by pennyfarmer (Even a RINO will chew its foot off when caught in a trap.)
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