Utah Judge Reverses Himself, Sends Convicted Sex Abuser to Prison

Fourth District Judge Thomas Low sentenced convicted sex abuser and former Mormon bishop Keith Vallejo to one-to-15 years in prison for the second-degree felonies and a five-years-to-life term for object rape.  The sentences are to run concurrently. Former Utah Mormon Bishop Keith Robert Vallejo was found guilty of 11 felonies-ten counts of second-degree felony forcible […]

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 […]

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 […]

Utah State Official Charged with Rape of Two Children

Michael Hepworth, a senior forensic scientist with the Utah Department of Public Safety crime lab, has been arrested and charged with sexual abuse and rape of two children in Woods Cross, Utah. Hepworth admitted to police that he abused the children multiple times.  Hepworth is accused and charged with raping and sexually abusing a boy […]

Utah’s Child Sex Abuse Problem

Statistics show that Utah has the highest rate of child sex abuse in country.  Even these statistics do not tell the whole story because the majority of abuse and sex crimes are never reported. Statistics revealed during a conference on child abuse and child sexual abuse demonstrated that Utah is one of the leading states […]

A Spotlight Moment in Utah?

It’s a good question and one that needs to be asked and answered.  Spotlight refers to the 2015 Academy Award winning film depicting the Boston Globe Spotlight Team’s investigation into the priest abuse scandal in the Archdiocese of Boston. The question is asked by a Utah organization (www.restoreourhumanity.org ) dedicated to helping survivors tell their […]

Utah Boy Scout Leader Charged with Aggravated Sexual Abuse

Lyle Scott Mackay, 46, has been charged with aggravated sexual abuse, a felony in the state of Utah, after fondling an 11-year-old boy. Mackay, who also served as the child’s Cub Scout leader, invited the boy to play a board game at his home. Once the boy arrived, Mackay told him he wanted to watch […]

Utah’s Child Sex Abuse Problem

Statistics show that Utah now has the highest rate of child sex abuse in country. Of the 6,900 cases reported in 2014, 27% involved sexual abuse. These statistics were revealed during a conference on child abuse and child sexual abuse. “The abuse is not only terrible while it’s going on, it’s not only horrible in […]

Former Utah Boy Scout Leader Suspected of Sexually Abusing More Boys

Utah law enforcement officials are asking the public’s help in determining if Michael Alan Jordan, 34 has sexually abused more boys than the ones who have already come forward. Presently, Jordan, a former Utah Boy Scout leader is facing 19 felony counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, sodomy on a child, forcible sodomy, […]

Utah Considers Eliminating Statute of Limitations in Civil Child Sex Abuse Cases

A Utah legislator has proposed a bill that would eliminate time restrictions on civil child sexual abuse cases. In 2008, Utah eliminated the statute of limitations on criminal child sexual abuse cases. However, under current law, the statute for civil cases runs out four years after a victim turns 18, or at the point of […]

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