Ex-bishop sent to jail for sexual misconduct, lewdness with teens

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  • loaf Boise, ID
    June 14, 2019 8:09 p.m.

    Re: Thomas Jefferson

    Every time something horrible happens, why does someone blame God?
    He didn't cause this.

    He does allow *all* of us the freedom to *choose* and so that complicates things...
    *A lot*

    Please stop blaming God & The Church of Jesus Christ. They didn't want this to happen.
    This man, Head- CHOSE to do this. The responsibility rests squarely on HIS shoulders.

    Some people choose evil instead of good, & that causes pain and heartache. God didn't want or do this. THIS MAN CHOSE it.

    God allows it because he knows it's *essential* that everyone's allowed to make our own decisions.

    If you pick up one end of the stick (choosing to hurt someone out of selfishness) you pick up the other (consequence= justice will be served, if not in this life the next).

    I think 4 months is a *ridiculously* low sentence & that Head should have to move.

    I feel so bad for the victims- what happened to them is horrible. I hope they know they're not responsible & can get the help they need so they can feel whole & happy again- moving forward in their life. I know Christ suffered for their pains, that He loves them and understands how they feel and wants to help them heal.

  • Kate Hutch Kenmore, WA
    June 14, 2019 2:17 p.m.

    As the Catholic and Baptist churches are experiencing now, the LDS church, with the help of social media, will experience in the coming years the comeuppance of those who have a sexual attraction to children and would prey on the vulnerable because they have a sexual attraction to children. There is a built-in trust factor. These children are taught to trust in their leaders, that they can confide in them and rely on them in times of trouble.

    This is the soul murder of children.

    Those writing in support of this man do not understand how he has manipulated and victimized children and will continue to do so after his release. His brain is wired that way. He is not safe to be around children. Not ever.

    The soul murder of children is not to be tolerated. Sexual abuse of a child ruins a life. There have been too many decades....centuries... of cover-ups and excuses made by patriarchal churches. Money given by parishioners is used to cover up crimes against the vulnerable.

    The People need to take a stand.

  • Kidmcrib Riverton, UT
    June 13, 2019 10:35 p.m.

    @GHughes51 doesn't "recognize or understand the circumstances that have brought Jeff and our family to this moment in time". What doesn't he understand? I haven't seen entire letter of support but I hope he "recognizes" the victims have to deal with this predator's actions forever

  • T-money$$$ Salt Lake City, UT
    June 13, 2019 9:02 a.m.

    Sometimes our emotional ties to religious dogmas can cloud our common judgement.

    Most sexual predators are overwhelmingly nice people. The bigger question is what will it take for this man and others like him to act again.

  • one old man MSC, UT
    June 12, 2019 6:59 p.m.

    That seems like an awfully light sentence . . . .

  • emb Pleasant Grove, UT
    June 12, 2019 5:38 p.m.

    How sad for all concerned

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    June 12, 2019 1:44 p.m.

    "I want to understand why Greg Hughes' private letter made available for this article. He was acting as a family member having known Jeff, and his family for 28 years. "

    Because court proceedings are public record. This isn't church court it's criminal court. People have a right to know whom supports sexual predators. Plus;

    "Jeff and his family have suffered as well, emotionally and financially. I was so relieved to have this sentencing reduced so this man can return to his family and reclaim his life. "

    I'm shocked your concern is for the predator. I'm betting if he molested your kids, you'd have a different take.

  • Thomas Jefferson Salt Lake City, UT
    June 12, 2019 12:48 p.m.

    "Ahead of the sentencing hearing, more than a dozen of his friends and family members sent letters in support of Head, including former Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes, his brother-in-law."

    Support the predator. Not that surprising really. Greg Hughes has shown his character over and over again.

    "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said it removed Head from his position, notified police after the allegations surfaced and emphasized that abuse of any kind cannot be tolerated."

    Great job 'the church'. Seriously, this is the exact action all religions should take.
    Why didnt the stake president see this ahead of time?
    It must have been part of gods plan*.

    This guy really deserved more time, probably in prison.

    *Which seems exactly like the unfolding of a universe with no deity at all.

  • Gravedigger72 Draper, UT
    June 12, 2019 11:15 a.m.

    I to have known Jeff Head for 19 years having lived in his ward. Jeff was always available and present for service and leadership opportunities, donated to Cub Scouts and was a nice guy to be around. The problem is, it has now been proven that he has a proclivity to be attracted, or at least curious about sexual issues involving young boys. The victims here were given a life sentence that could include therapy, anxiety, mistrust, depression and other problems due to Jeff's actions. A 4 month sentence seems miniscule and how nice a guy Jeff is should not figure into any part of the sentencing.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    June 12, 2019 10:05 a.m.

    I have known Jeff Head for many years. I feel that there is another side of this story that should be considered. This man served valiantly for several years and reached out to young and old alike to help them in anyway possible, including many in my own family.

    I want to understand why Greg Hughes' private letter made available for this article. He was acting as a family member having known Jeff, and his family for 28 years. He said he appeared in court to support his brother-in-law because he knows Jeff's character well over the years and stated that Jeff had no previous criminal record! I admire that kind of loyalty when the chips are down in another person's life!

    Jeff and his family have suffered as well, emotionally and financially. I was so relieved to have this sentencing reduced so this man can return to his family and reclaim his life. I personally do not think he is a threat to the community in any way! I hope that everyone involved can move forward and heal.

  • Autumn Meadow South Jordan, UT
    June 12, 2019 9:59 a.m.

    Sam Young got excommunicated for trying to prevent this kind of abuse.

    This abuser just gets four months. And it sounds like half the ward still supports him.

    Something is very, very wrong here.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    June 12, 2019 8:35 a.m.

    To everyone who wants this person to get a longer prison term: Make sure you vote for the next proposed tax increase to build additional prisons.

    All I ever hear about is how everyone wants everyone to get longer sentences, and in the next breath you're opposing tax increases to build prisons. Can't have it both ways!

  • Iron Rod Salt Lake City, UT
    June 12, 2019 6:45 a.m.

    Wow what a harsh penalty.

    Given credit for the forty five days he has spent in jail he will need to spend an additional two an a half months in jail before he is free.

    This is why I vote against retention of most judges.

    “Moments later, 3rd District Judge Katherine Bernards-Goodman sentenced Jeffrey Byron Head, 54, to four months in jail and four years of probation in the case that has divided his Draper community. He was given credit for the 45 days he has already served.”

  • n8ive american Shelley, Idaho
    June 12, 2019 4:15 a.m.

    Not sure how these predators get less jail time than someone caught with pot. Very mixed up.

  • SoCal Phrog San Diego, CA
    June 11, 2019 11:49 p.m.

    “While I do not recognize or understand the circumstances that have brought Jeff and our family to this moment in time, I write to you as part of the same process to express my appreciation and respect for Jeff Head." Does ‘not recognizing’ mean he feels the defendants and their families are lying? Not quite sure what that means, but I’m not picking up on any concern or empathy for the victims from Hughes.

  • tinplater scottsdale, AZ
    June 11, 2019 11:34 p.m.

    Where is a statement from the potential governor decrying this crime and showing some concern for the "family" of the victims? Utah appears to be filled with Mormon pedophiles and abusers and the church hides in the background rather than stepping forward and trying to do something about these slimes that prey on the innocent.

  • Palmetto Bug Columbia, SC
    June 11, 2019 10:12 p.m.

    I agree the sentencing should have be harsher but the judge is largely bound by Utah’s sentencing guidelines. We should petition local politicians to ensure future offenders receive longer and more appropriate sentences, including double jail time for abusers who were in positions of trust (eg, teachers, ecclesiastical leaders).

  • Chessermesser West Valley City, UT
    June 11, 2019 10:09 p.m.

    Everyone posting wants a longer sentence. The judge saw all the evidence, listened to the victim, the prosecution and defense, and made what he thought was an appropriate sentence. I don’t know all the facts he weighed, because the article didn’t go into that detail.

  • aeveritt Springville, UT
    June 11, 2019 10:01 p.m.

    That's a ridiculously short sentence. And Hughes definitely won't be getting a vote from me. If he's putting his family member before the victims, he's not someone I want having any sort of power in our state.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    June 11, 2019 8:42 p.m.

    4 months. Any other state it would be 4+ years. Greg Hughes wants to be governor? Defending church sex abusers won't be helpful.

  • lustre42 Park City, utah
    June 11, 2019 8:37 p.m.

    Four months jail time and 4 years probation. Convicted sex offender and abuser, Bruce Quick just made another plea bargain deal with Judge Davis - his first was in 2000. I believe pedophilia necessitates harsher sentencing - please keep them off the streets! Have we not learned from the experience of what happened to Jaycee Duggard?

  • shamrock Salt Lake City, UT
    June 11, 2019 7:07 p.m.

    A "jury found Head guilty of attempted forcible sexual abuse, a third-degree felony, and sexual battery, a class A misdemeanor," and he gets only FOUR MONTHS in jail, not prison? The judge essentially told the victims that their sexual abuse was no big deal.

  • Latter-daySaintForever St. George, UT
    June 11, 2019 6:25 p.m.

    Only four months in jail? Good grief that is not long enough. These predators need much longer jail times to protect children.