This has had no follow up. Did he get arrested? Has there been a court date?
What is happening?
@BYUAlum, I'm pretty sure that the article says, "Upon learning of
these allegations, we took steps to notify authorities and to support their
investigation into this matter." If there's an investigation, then it
has been submitted to authorities. You might think that all three of the boys
involved are bad kids and are just lying about the events in question, but
you're going to find out in life that we don't always know everything
that our friends and acquaintances do every minute of every day, and that some
people succumb to temptation. More than nine times out of ten in cases of this
nature, the accused person is guilty. You might take notice of how it says that
he has not returned requests for comment, so I would have to wonder why he
isn't claiming innocence and defending himself if he is indeed innocent.
I have also known this man since 2004 and found him to be a good guy. He also
used to tell me about the kinds of TV shows and movies he liked and it shocked
me being that he was active in our congregation and a first counselor in a
leadership position. I also have been a scout leader to at least two of the
Teens involved and they are good and decent people. This is so far reaching-
Mr. Head has a family and a nice big home and good employment. He is very well
known to members in the Riverview Stake and many of these folks are watching
this situation and having to explain it to their children. The fact is that
lives will be changed for the worse no matter how this shakes out.
Things are not always as they are portrayed in the press and media. According to
this article, this man is guilty unless proven innocent. Why were details
printed to the public before being submitted to a court of law? In my opinion,
this is a good man whom we know personally.The truth will prevail.
Do NOT rush to judgment!
Pretty sad to hide ones immorality as a representative of Jesus Christ.
It should be noted that all these interactions happened in settings and ways
that were totally against guidelines. To try and use this incident to call for
changes in the nature of worthiness interviews is to weaponize an event to
influence unrelated events.
This is why the "rule of two" has been implemented for primary and youth
leaders, and why it should be extended to all Church leaders when interacting
with youth. No ward should ever have less than two Church leaders present for
any primary or youth activity or class. Logistically it will be very hard for
some wards, but the sickos and creeps of this world have ruined it for
@JohnnyTriumphI understand you feeling that way. But I assume that
means you’re also willing to accept a calling in primary. As a
recently released Bishop, I can’t even begin to describe how difficult it
is to get people to accept callings in Primary. Even though they expect to be
able to drop off their kids with two-deep leadership each sunday. We
were always able to to follow the two-deep rule, but it often meant the same few
people stepping up and working MUCH harder than many other parents who felt
entitled to two hours away from their children each Sunday. My
counselors and I filled in primary classes regularly to ensure two-deep
leadership even though we’d already been at church since 6am and I’d
continue to be there until 5 or 6pm. Please, please,
please...surprise your Bishop by volunteering for Primary callings. You may or
may not get one, but at least be the person who volunteers any time a sub is
@SorryNotSorry;"..saying that a Church Leader should not discuss
sexual matters with minors is completely non-sensical."-- LDS
church leaders as not trained as sex counsellors (or even as counsellors at
all)."...put the church leaders in a two deep situation
..."-- What happens when the top leader is an offender and calls
as his 2nd/3rd another such? Then what? "Two deep" won't solve
the problem because they'll be in cahoots."Yes, get a
woman, a counselor, a therapist in the room when allegations of sex abuse come
up for a girl."-- Absolutely! But NOT a woman from church - a
PROFESSIONAL!"People who know the truth about the Lord's
Law of Chastity ..."-- Man-made "law of chastity",
anything else is presumptuous.@Cowboy Poet;This
particular bishop would not have been on the registry (yet).
Inside the article it may be clear, but the title says otherwise. Bait and
switch at its best. Nobody in the church refers to a Bishop as church leader.
When the term Church Leader is used, it is used to identify an Apostle or
Prophet. Those going after explorer686 really need to check yourself and quit
thinking you have all the answers. They ask a legit question. Relax.This was a guy who used his position to manipulate not only a young boy, but a
friend. Throw the book at him. No place for this anywhere. Sadly, it is here
to stay. Someone said, is there anything we can do to prevent this. Sadly,
there is not. You just don't know someone has this issue until it is to
late. It's not like they walk around wearing signs. The best
thing to do is educate your kids. Doesn't matter who they are. If they
are doing something that they know is inappropriate. Get out. Doesn't
matter if it is a family member, Bishop, Church Leader, School Teacher, or
Grocery Store Clerk. It's time to get out and tell someone.
@SomeClaritySociety puts their children in front of TV shows and
movies that talk about sex. They give their kids devices that allow them to have
access to sex. They put their kids in Sex Ed classes. Sex is everywhere.
Objectifying women is everywhere. So, saying that a Church Leader
should not discuss sexual matters with minors is completely non-sensical. Yes, put the church leaders in a two deep situation when talking with a
boy with a porn problem. Yes, get a woman, a counselor, a therapist in the room
when allegations of sex abuse come up for a girl. Involve the parents, the YW
President, RS President in worthiness interviews for the temple. But
we need church leaders who are willing to talk about the sanctity of marriage,
chastity in thoughts, words & actions, and the beauty of sex between two
emotionally healthy and loving married couples. People who know the
truth about the Lord's Law of Chastity should not be silenced because of
bad apples. Create appropriate times and places sure. But silence them,
absolutely NOT. Not when they can get a twisted, distorted view of sex from
spending a few days watching pornography on their device.
On my computer, I have a subscription to a web site which lists registered sex
offenders.Currently living within my local ward boundaries of The
Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints, are a nonmember and an active
member, with another active member having recently moved away, and all three of
these individuals were convicted of offenses against children.For
the safety of their families, I urge others to also use their computers to learn
which of their neighbors are registered sex offenders, as there are several free
subscription services on the Internet which provide this critical information.
The church seems to be making sweeping changes lately. How about making a
sweeping change and end altogether leaders discussing sexual matters with
minors. This is good for the minors, leaders, and church alike. Giving parents
the option to be present does not cut it.
To GB - Lindon, UT and To explorer686 - Davis, UTYou are right,
"GB," the article does say that the man was a Bishop, but the headline
says, CHURCH LEADER. As you know, most people rarely read the details and only
focus on the headlines. "explorer686" is right on when he
points out that the headline is misleading and a distinct departure from the
many times similar and even more egregious acts by priests of the Catholic
church have been reported. In addition, I don't recall any of them,
including Cardinals being referred to as "leaders."
These types of stories are heartbreaking and infuriating but it's important
to remember that these are very rare events (even if they seem commonplace).
Studies have found the rates of abuse and violent crime have steadily decreased
for many decades but people perceive these rates have increased because
they're more aware of news coverage. Children are also much
more likely to be abused by a family member than a church or other community
leader.It's okay to trust people. There are certain church
leaders I feel perfectly comfortable with and there are others I don't. My
wife and I make sure our children know what actions and discussions are
appropriate from other adults and what's not. We talk with them after any
interview or other 1-1 meeting with other adults to make sure nothing nefarious
occurred. I had many such interviews and meetings with leaders when I was a
youth and still consider these important parts of my development. We
need to keep our children safe but also learn to trust (but verify).
Two deep leadership, that is the ONLY way to prevent this kind of thing. I
dont care if its parents sitting in interviews with minors or tuesday night
mutual. You never leave your kids alone with a solo leader!!
I agree, don't let your children be alone with church leaders. Particularly
men. Ever. In light of what's been talked about recently with
Bishop's interviews, I asked my 30 year old daughter if a bishop ever asked
her sexual questions, including about masturbation. She said YES, every time.
Honestly, I was shocked. I couldn't imagine the 3 men I know so well asking
my daughters (as young as 12!) sexually explicit questions. That is straight up
sexual harassment - if not worse. A 40+ year old man asking sexual questions to
a 12 year old in a closed room??? What kind of insanity is this? It would never
be tolerated in any other setting, and it should not be tolerated in the church.
Period.If I had it to do over again, I would never let a bishop
interview my children. Temple trip or no temple trip. I'm sorry I
didn't know better at the time.
This is going to be a rare complement to the D News.No one else has
this story. I went to the Trib - nothing about it. I searched Google News - only
the D News came up with Jeffrey Head.This is YUGE. It means they are
at least trying to be transparent here. It means the D News owners aren't
playing any whitewash games here.It would be helpful to have a
timeline here of when this guy was bishop and when these things happened. 2 1/2
years is too long for something like this to come to light. We need to work on
that, since these guys tend to have multiple victims. The sooner he's
exposed, the fewer victims there will be.Prosecutors have a big
responsibility to get things right quickly. The Church has a huge
responsibility to act quickly and isolate suspected predators at the first
allegation. There is a way to balance due process with child
protection. If done right in the Church, you will not even know it is happening.
"There will always be this type of person in any community. Young people
should never be left alone with church leaders, or anyone else. The time of
trust is over."This has always been a problem, it is nothing
new. It just used to be considered a "private" matter. What has
changed is society's tolerance of these kids of things. Women used to be
told to stay with their abusive husbands, largely because they were totally
dependent on them. That isn't the case anymore. And sadly we
are seeing it isn't just men. Seems almost annually at least one story of
a teacher having an inappropriate relationship with a student, male and female
teachers alike. This is not a church thing, but an "opportunity"
thing. Teacher, Church Leader, family friend... we just need to be diligent -
but not rob our youth of their innocents because of the evil acts of a very
@ranch - my view of who to trust my children with is very limited. Church
leader or not I refuse to leave my children alone with any man. The fact that
this man was a Bishop only part of the story. I refuse to trust anyone anymore,
the health and safety of my children is paramount.
well informed: "Is there anything that can be done to prevent these types of
things from happening in the future?"I'm 100% certain that
those who call leaders to positions, absolutely believe they've made good
choices. As far back as the ancient church, a bishop was supposed to "be
blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled... just, holy, temperate;
Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught." (Titus 1:6-9)It's tragic when such an important trust is betrayed. The Church
has more than 30,000 wards and branches. Every bishop and branch president has
agency, like everybody else, and occasionally one of them makes very bad
choices. There WILL be consequences.
I have to concur with Explorer--"ex-church leader?" If this man were a
Catholic priest he should (and probably would) be called a Catholic priest in
the headline. Failing to identify this man correctly in the headlines--or posts
that support not titling this piece "Ex LDS Bishop---" are indicative of
why the problem continues--namely, the desire to reveal, but at the same time,
not let our side look too bad. This paradigm---once again in America as it
always has, comes at the expense of the ones we swear to protect and should
protect. PR must never, absolutely never come at the expense of our children.
This is why nobody should ever allow their children to be alone with any
"church leaders" (of any denomination). They should make sure that
their children know that their church leaders are not allowed to discuss sex or
to be alone with them, ever, and that they know to tell their parents
immediately if either should happen.
Another reason why minors (or anyone else really) should never be alone with
@ EXPLORER 686, Et Alia:As a convert in The Church of JESUS CHRIST
of Latter-day Saints, I always regarded the Bishop of my local ward as a
George Q. Cannon said, “Do not, brethren, put your trust in man though he
be a bishop; an apostle, or a president; if you do, they will fail you at some
time or place, they will do wrong or seem to, and your support be gone; but if
we lean on God, He never will fail us. When men and women depend on God alone,
and trust in Him alone, their faith will not be shaken if the highest in the
Church should step aside.”
"Is there anything that can be done to prevent these types of things from
happening in the future?"There will always be this type of
person in any community. Young people should never be left alone with church
leaders, or anyone else. The time of trust is over.
I remember that as a kid back in the late sixties, we heard about things like
this from the big boys at the Jr. High School and were told by our parents that
these were old wives tales, told by people who hate God to get others to not
trust their churches and religious leaders. We were told that we should report
kids who spoke about things like this to our teachers or principals so that they
could “straighten the kids out and get them to stop scaring other
children.” Who would have dreamed that the nasty boys who spread these
tales were being more honest and real with us than our own parents?
@ explorerI don’t think it matters. Why do you? Anyone put in
a position of trust has an obligation to ensure that children are safe. When you
violate that position of trust, you face harsh consequences. Actions
@ Explorer686Your answer is in the very first line of the story:
"A Draper man described in court documents as a "leader" in a local
@ explorer686 10:38 PM: "Church leader or LDS bishop?? Why not say it as it
is?"The article is pretty clear in calling him "a former
bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints."
I don't care who you are, or what position you hold in any church or
political office, if you don't control your thoughts, you won't be
able to control your actions. "As a man (or woman) thinketh in his heart,
so is he." And, the scriptures tell us that you cannot serve two masters.
Either you will love one and hate the other, or you will hate the one and love
the other, but you can't do both for very long. Any leader in any
Christian church should know this.
Seems like you cannot trust anyone and its sad that a member of the clergy falls
into this category. I was out shopping today and noticed a man in Starbucks
looking at porn on his phone while ordering a coffee and it made me feel that
there isnt a safe place anymore What is happening to society?
Church leader or LDS bishop?? Why not say it as it is? Do other articles
involving Catholic priests described as church leaders?
How sad and heart breaking. Is there anything that can be done to
prevent these types of things from happening in the future?
I personally have known this man and his family for several years. He is a good,
decent man. I'm sorry for these accusations and hope they are found to be
untrue!We love and support you, Jeff!