sexual abuse by lds


In our last newsletter we discussed the problem of child sexual abuse committed by bishops and other important leaders in the Mormon Church. Recently we received another letter from a woman reporting that she was abused by her father: "Some of your research is being sent to a related attorney regarding the Beckly W. VA. [case] Sad! My bishop father sexually abused me. I know about the damage."
Significantly, two other cases of sexual abuse involving prominent Mormons have recently come to light.
1–Lloyd Gerald Pond, 51, was originally charged with two counts of forcible sodomy on a 14-year-old girl he met at a Mormon ward. Pond was employed by the Mormon Church’s public-relations department and “hosted a weekly nationwide radio program that promoted Mormon values…” (Salt Lake Tribune, Feb. 4, 1997) Many people were publicly complaining that Pond would only get a slap on the wrist because he was a well-known Mormon. Fortunately, this turned out not to be the case. The Tribune reported: “Ignoring recommendations for probation, a 3rd District judge sent confessed child sex abuser Lloyd Gerald Pond to prison for up to 15 years.” Ironically, Pond’s radio work for the church included warnings “about the evils of child abuse and pornography…” (Ibid., Nov. 16, 1996)
2–The Idaho Falls Post Register reported the following on November 13, 1996: "A former state senator [Rex Furness] will be spending the next two months in jail for sexually battering his teenage granddaughter… Furness will serve 60 days in the county jail, starting next week, and seven years probation…
"He was also very active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, holding various titles, including bishop until he confessed the acts to his church and surrendered his temple recommend.
“What he did not say in court was that the charge against him forced him to resign from the state senate.”


Web Posted: May 16, 1999

officials of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints attempted to prevent publication of a study which reported on the experiences of Mormon women who were victims of childhood sexual abuse, and later turned to church officials for support. Professors Karen E. Gerdes and Martha N. Beck, then of Brigham Young University – an LDS institution – were prohibited from publishing their results, but the study appeared anyway in the Spring 1996 issue of Affilia, Journal of Women and Social Work.…+sexual%2Babuse

Abused by a Mormon Bishop

Friday, October 17, 2003

** 90% of Provo rapes not reported to police
BYU officer tells women to raise their awareness
By Carrie Sheffield

Deseret Morning News

  PROVO — More than 90 percent of rapes in the city go unreported, according to the lead rape investigator for the BYU Police Department.
  BYU officer Arnie Lemmon said only 43 rapes were reported last year in Provo, leaving the actual number of rapes estimated at more than 400 during 2002.
  Lemmon spoke to a group of women on the BYU campus Thursday night as part of a monthlong lecture series titled "What's Lurking in Utah Valley?" to raise awareness
  "The sexual predator is alive and well in this community as well as over the world," Lemmon told the women. "I don't want you to feel like this is Rapeville, USA, because it's not. . . . We try to do everything we can to combat it, but it happens."
  Four sexual assaults were reported on the BYU campus last year, and Lemmon said there is a rape reported nationally every 5.8 minutes.
  Lemmon said most Provo residents are religious and have a tendency to stigmatize discussion of sexual assault and sometimes to demonize the survivor.,1249,515039389,00.html

Salt Lake City alone has 639 convicted sex offenders and Salt Lake City alone which is more than 95 % Mormon. Utah is about 75 % LDS.


[quote=Daniel Marsh]%between% Salt Lake City alone which is more than 95 % Mormon. Utah is about 75 % LDS.

I would contest these numbers. The Salt Lake Tribune reported at the end of last year that Utah was only 64.1% LDS. Wikipedia reports that 30% of Salt Lake City is LDS.

I can’t say I enjoy discussing this topic or seeing the out of the blue attack against the LDS church on the other thread. My sincerest thanks goes out to my fellow Utahn, Tmaque, for making some fair observations on that thread.



and, don’t forget the 639 sex offenders in salt lake city alone.

They all can’t be, ex-LDS or non-LDS.


Okay, Let’s get real here. Every church in the world is made up of human beings. Flawed human beings. Every Church has sinners. That does not in and of itself prove anything about any church. Doctrinally, Catholics and Mormons both condemn sexual abuse. The fact that members of both have doen it anyway proves nothing about either faith. I think it fallacious to try and establish statisitical trends to discredit teachings as well. Especially in Utah. Many polygamists groups reside there and thus the state attracts a lunatic fringe of polygamist wannabes, sympathizers, etc. While one can say that previous teachings of the LDS church brought that about it is not the current state nor should the deliberate abuse of previous LDS doctrines be seen as an indictment of the current LDS church.

Utah demographics must be viewed in context to have any siginificance. Where there are more LDS people there will be more LDS criminals. Likewise, where there are more Catholics, there will be more Catholic criminals. Neither statistic shows anything about either church.

Let’s just drop this thread and focus on doctrine.


Hi majick275 a selling point of lds missionaries is that their families are superior, thus the response concerning sexual crimes in the LDS church. I agree that sexual abuse is a problem for all religions. But, when one makes their “goodness” a selling point for their religion they open the door to others to show them that what they are saying simply is not true.

Besides, I don’t think anyone here but yourself was thinking that this thread had anything to do with the sexual sins of priests.

I know that was the furthest thing from my mind.


Yeah but I just think there are many better paths to showing the world not to follow the false prophets of mormonism.


[quote=Daniel Marsh]…+sexual%2Babuse

Abused by a Mormon Bishop,1249,515039389,00.html

Salt Lake City alone has 639 convicted sex offenders and Salt Lake City alone which is more than 95 % Mormon. Utah is about 75 % LDS.

I just want to say that this thread seems to serve no purpose other than to demean and attack. For a Catholic to attack the LDS Church for clerical sexual abuse is frankly, incredible. Let’s refer for a moment to Christ’s words in Matthew Chapter 7:

Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye?
How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove that splinter from your eye,’ while the wooden beam is in your eye?
You hypocrite, remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye.

We Catholics have a lot of work to do in this regard before we can, with any integrity, criticize LDS or any other religion for that matter on this subject.


majick275 you are right, there are better ways.

And, Todd, I apologize.


[quote=Tmaque]I just want to say that this thread seems to serve no purpose other than to demean and attack. For a Catholic to attack the LDS Church for clerical sexual abuse is frankly, incredible.

The person who started this thread is not Catholic.


I live and work in Utah and found the people to very friendly, God loving and family oriented. Sure they are mixed up with their beliefs, but as people I love them. I am sorry to see someone trying so hard to smear them on this Catholic site. They are still our brothers and sisters and sure they have issues just like all religions do. God will sort it out in due time without us trying to judge them.



yada yada yada


This thread is now closed.

Thanks to everyone who participated.


DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed in these forums do not necessarily reflect those of Catholic Answers. For official apologetics resources please visit