Man testifies in suit alleging Mormons overlooked sex abuse
By The Associated Press, February 9, 2018, Salt Lake Tribune
Martinsburg, W.Va. • A man accused in a West Virginia lawsuit along with the Utah-based LDS Church of covering up years of child sexual abuse testified he was unaware of the allegations that led to his son’s conviction until he was charged.
The Journal reports Chris Jensen testified Tuesday in Berkeley County Circuit Court in the trial of a lawsuit filed by plaintiffs on behalf of nine families.
Plaintiffs contend The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and others knew about 26-year-old member Christopher Michael Jensen’s sexual abuse convictions and allegations but “did nothing to warn and protect” their children.
Christopher Michael Jensen was sentenced in 2013 to 35 to 75 years in prison for sexually abusing two children, ages 3 and 4. Jensen’s father said Tuesday . . .
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.