Irish Mormon Missionary Nabbed in Online Child Sex Sting

A 63-year-old man referred to in the media as an Irish Mormon missionary, now living in the United Kingdom, has been sentenced to 7 years in prison after being caught in an online sting operation.  Joseph Shanks admitted in court to 10 sex charges.  At the time of his arrest, Shanks was living at the  […]

Utah Civil Rights Group Offers Assistance to Victims of Mormon Sexual Abuse

Restore Our Humanity, a Utah civil rights group, has announced a two-part initiative to assist those who have been sexually abused by member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons).  The ROH initiative intends to raise awareness of sexual abuse within the Mormon Church and provide assistance and support to survivors […]

Utah Judge Waits to Decide if Mormon President Will Be Forced to Testify

Robert J. Shelby, US District Court Judge for the District of Utah, said yesterday that he will not decide whether Thomas S. Monson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will be forced to provide deposition testimony in a sex abuse lawsuit against the church. Monson has been subpoenaed to give his […]

Mormon Church Leader Subpoenaed to Testify in Sex Abuse Case

Thomas S. Monson, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has been subpoenaed to give a deposition in the sexual abuse lawsuits filed by four Navajo Indian survivors. The four abuse claimants allege that they were sexually abused decades ago by members of their foster families while participating in an LDS Church […]

Relationship Between Mormons and Boy Scouts Lacks Transparency, Accountability

Last summer’s settlement of a sexual abuse lawsuit filed against the Church of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) and the Boy Scouts of America involving former Scoutmaster Vance Hein reveals the lack of communication between the two organizations. This is in spite of the fact that the Mormon Church is the largest sponsor of Boy Scouts […]

LDS Church and Boy Scouts Settle Pennsylvania Sex Abuse Lawsuit

The Church of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) and the Boy Scouts of America have settled a sexual abuse lawsuit involving Vance Hein, a scoutmaster and prominent member of his local Mormon Church. While a scoutmaster in Pennsylvania, Hein sexually assaulted Melvin Novak, then 14. Novak said he was abused at Hein’s home, on a trip […]

Franklin Mathias — Boy Scouts Perversion Files

In 1986, Franklin Mathias was recognized as “Scouter of the Year” for the Eastern Oregon District. Less than a year later, the Mormon Church that sponsored Troop 513 in LaGrande, Oregon, kicked Mathias out of Scouting after years of volunteering, because the state police were investigating Mathias. He was arrested three months later on 9 […]

Four Men Sue Mormon Church, Boy Scouts over Sexual Abuse

Four former Idaho boy scouts are suing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) and the Boy Scouts of America because they say neither group did enough to prevent them from being sexually abused as children. The attorneys for the four men with Idaho ties make the case that both organizations could have […]

Did Boy Scouts, LDS Church Fail to Inform Parents of Pedophiles?

A federal court case filed here Monday against the Boy Scouts of America and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church) names a Driggs man as one of three alleged perpetrators of sexual abuse crimes against now-former Boy Scouts. Plaintiffs in the case accuse the defendants — the LDS Church, (that has […]

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