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Wed Jun 13, 2018, 06:11 PM

Woman says Mormon church knew of her abuser's history

Source: Associated Press

Brady Mccombs, Associated Press
 Updated 5:08 pm, Wednesday, June 13, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A woman who says a former Mormon missionary leader raped her in the 1980s accused church officials in a new court filing this week of knowing about the man's prior sexual misconduct before he was appointed to the powerful position.

McKenna Denson's attorneys allege in a court document filed Tuesday that Joseph L. Bishop disclosed to church leaders his "acts of sexual predation" while he was a mission president in Argentina in the late 1970s.

"Instead of informing McKenna of the truth about this self-proclaimed, lifelong sexual predator, defendants represented to McKenna, the public, and members of the church that defendant Bishop was a safe, honorable, and trustworthy leader," Denson's attorneys wrote.

Bishop, now 85, has denied raping Denson but acknowledged to police that he asked her to expose herself when he was president of the faith's Missionary Training Center in Provo, according to police documents. The role he held from 1983 to 1986 gave him authority over hundreds of young Mormons preparing to go on church missions.

Read more: https://www.chron.com/news/crime/article/Woman-says-Mormon-church-knew-of-her-abuser-s-12992023.php

Joseph Bishop faced controversies, lawsuit during presidency at Weber State
SATURDAY , MARCH 24, 2018 - 5:00 AM


OGDEN — A former Missionary Training Center president for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was publicly accused this week of sexually assaulting two women more than 30 years ago.

That same man, Joseph Bishop, also spent six years at the helm of Weber State University, back in the 1970s when it was still known as Weber State College.

The allegations were revealed in a recording and transcript posted Monday, March 19, to MormonLeaks, a website described as a “whistleblowing organization” for sharing documents and private information about the Mormon church.

The recording came from a 55-year-old woman, who sat down with Bishop, 85, in December 2017 under the initial guise of a reporter doing a story about LDS mission presidents.


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