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'Culty as hell': Former Mormons unhappy with church's response to blockbuster child abuse investigation
Incestuous Mormon child abuser Paul Adams killed himself before going to trial but his story of how he confessed to a Mormon bishop that Adams was repeatedly raping his 5-year-old daughter probably has hellish immortality. Adams was in counseling with Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Bishop John Herrod (also the Adams family doctor) in 2010 when he confessed. Herrod never alerted police or any Arizona governmental agency. Herrod obeyed church guidelines and phoned the LDS abuse hotline. Another Mormon bishop told Herrod to remain silent. Adams continued counseling and raping his children. He posted video of the sexual abuse on the dark web where Homeland Security saw it and arrested him in 2017.
An Associated Press investigation of how the Mormon church’s approach to child abusers spotlighted Adams and other horrific cases. But according to ex-Mormon abuse victims comforting each other on Facebook and Reddit, sexual assault on children and the church’s silence have happened for years and will happen again.
Twitter fires were fueled by this week’s defensive official response from the Church of Latter Day Saints.
“The abuse of a child or any other individual is inexcusable,” the LDS statement reads. “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believes this, teaches this and dedicates tremendous resources and efforts to prevent, report and address abuse…The nature and the purpose of the Church’s helpline was seriously mischaracterized in a recent Associated Press article…When a leader calls the helpline, the conversation is about how to stop the abuse, care for the victim and ensure compliance with reporting obligations, even in cases when the law provides clergy-penitent privilege or restricts what can be shared from private ecclesiastical conversations.”
The statement notes that LDS can punish members who sexually abuse children with excommunication which invoked waves of angry tweets including one from @mediocremumsy: “Mormons really be out there thinking that excommunication is adequate justice for sexual assault. That is culty as hell.”
Several ex-Mormons responded, noting that excommunication isn’t always permanent. As Libby Potter Boss @libbyboss tweeted, “a few years later the guy is quietly rebaptized and no one but the bishop is ever the wiser.”
The lengthy LDS statement is ambiguous on whether its officials are required to report child abuse to police or children’s protective services. On Twitter, @mormon_satan had the pithiest response.
“Today in church, I hope you good faithful Mormons stare your bishop down and tell him that you expect him to report cases of child abuse to the authorities.”
Clergy-penitent privilege allows clergy to keep some confessions secret. In movies, it’s a plot device, the stalwart priest or pastor who won’t divulge a murderer’s confession to police. Herrod claims he thought Adams confession was privileged under Arizona law. He was wrong.
Incredibly, some state laws are unclear on whether it’s mandatory for clergy to report child abuse. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services notes that “privileged communications may be exempt from the requirement to report suspected abuse or neglect.” The abused child’s fate, to a scary extent, can depend on a state’s law.
The Mormon Child Abuse Awareness Facebook page posts articles about Mormon child abuse victims from all over America and postings about personal experiences that date back for years.
“I had a friend reach out to me today, one of many friends who has reached out to me since I shared my story,” says a November 2020 post. “A family member was sexually abused by a member of the church. (He) confessed to the bishop who did not turn the perpetrator in to the police…What do you believe is the right advice to give? From my experience, a police report must be filed…The perpetrator needs this step just as much as the victim. Rehabilitation is not offered by repentance alone. The legal system is needed…otherwise “repentance/confession” is just an empty promise forgotten when the perpetrator moves to a new ward or bishop is replaced.”
One posting was about an April arrest of a Utah bishop who, as part of his counseling sessions with female LDS teenagers, showed them dick pix and nude photos of himself.
Trump admin was so worried about classified info it referred 334 cases to DOJ for prosecution: report
Donald Trump and his most fervent supporters have freaked out after FBI agents executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago, but when he was in office he took a far different view on classified information.
When he announced the FBI action, Trump said "these are dark times" and claimed it was "political persecution" that he was reportedly under investigation for mishandling classified information.
"The FBI search really is evidence of a leak investigation — perhaps the biggest in history," James Risen reported for The Intercept. "But in legal terms, the case doesn’t appear that different from the many leak investigations that Trump’s own Justice Department aggressively prosecuted throughout his time in office"
Risen, who won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting at The New York Times, waged a seven-year battle that started in the George W. Bush administration after the DOJ attempted to force him to reveal a source. Risen ultimately prevailed.
"In fact, Trump put enormous pressure on the Justice Department to pursue leaks of classified information while he was president, usually related to negative disclosures in the press about him," Risen reported. "Many of the people charged in cases involving leaks of classified information during the Trump administration came in connection to disclosures in the press about Trump or Russia, or both. The Intercept reported last year that the Trump administration had referred a record of at least 334 leaks of classified information to the Justice Department for criminal investigation."
Republicans escalated their rhetoric after the FBI also served a search warrant to seize the cell phone of Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA).
McConnell breaks silence on Trump FBI warrant: 'The country deserves a thorough and immediate explanation'
On Tuesday, 24 hours after reports that the FBI executed a search warrant at former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago country club in Palm Beach, Florida, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) issued a statement on the matter, according to CNN's Brian Stelter.
"The country deserves a thorough and immediate explanation of what led to the events of Monday," said McConnell. "Attorney General Garland and the Department of Justice should already have provided answers to the American people and must do so immediately."
This comes after he initially refused to comment on the warrant during a trip surveying flood damage in Kentucky.
It also comes as several other Republicans, including Reps. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), have called for eliminating or defunding the FBI in retaliation for the investigation, and as Trump supporters online fantasize about starting a civil war.
The investigation is focusing on classified information the former president removed when he and his associates left the White House.
According to the Wall Street Journal, FBI agents seized 10 boxes of documents as part of the warrant.