Man charged with sexually abusing Utah boy years ago

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  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    March 8, 2019 7:49 a.m.

    What happened to this kid was horrific. But it should have been reported at the time, not years later when there is no physical evidence. It for sure should have been reported before he went on his mission when he let his leaders know about it. This kid has no blame except that he let a predator basically off the hook for years and who knows how many others this guy has abused.

    Now for the statement that will make everyone mad.

    There is absolutely no proof this happened other than this young man's word. Which turns it into a he said he/she said.

    Frankly, in a situation like that, with no other corroboration or evidence, I'd have a very hard time convicting this person if I was on the jury. Hopefully the cops will get a confession out of him and find some evidence.

    Maybe there are other victims that can also give their testimony to corroborate because it also happened to them.

    I'd like to see the bad guy behind bars, but they need more to prosecute him successfully.

    The moral of this story? Report the crime when it happens, no matter the shame or guilt you may feel. The victim is blameless.

  • Jim Mesa, AZ
    March 7, 2019 4:58 p.m.

    A fact of life is that everybody, irrespective of their position in society or community is a mandatory reporter of child abuse. It is not limited to clergy, if someone hears or knows or is told or has seen child abuse, then guess what you then become a mandatory reporter.

  • high desert girl Redmond, OR
    March 7, 2019 4:19 p.m.

    For the parents and church officials not to report to police makes them complicit and equally guilty for keeping this hush for so long. (much like the hierarchy of the Catholic Church) Victims live and suffer for years and there is no resolution and no justice. This is despicable!

  • Latter-daySaintForever St. George, UT
    March 7, 2019 2:29 p.m.

    I am so sad that his parents and church leader thought this should not be reported to the police. Now his mission had to be cut short because he did not get the justice that he needed. Hopefully he can no get the justice and whatever help he needs now to heal. If somebody does something bad to you always reported to the police before your church leader.

  • Birdman1990 Mapleton, UT
    March 7, 2019 1:46 p.m.

    Let justice be served. They decided not to report it? Hmm makes me wonder what else doesn’t get reported? I should ask BYU on that one. Is your neighbor smoking marijuana? Did they do anything to you? Don’t report it. Did they assault and molest you? Report it.