LDS Scout Leader charged with several counts of criminal sexual conduct.

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LDS Scout Leader charged with several counts of criminal sexual conduct.

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A former Boys Scouts of America and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints leader was arraigned Monday in 39th District Court in Macomb County and charged with several counts of criminal sexual conduct.

Mark Chapman, 51, was extradited from New York to face the charges, the Michigan attorney general's office said in a release.

He is facing two counts of first-degree, criminal sexual conduct and eight counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct stemming from the alleged abuse of two victims. Chapman is the first person to be charged as a result of an ongoing Boy Scouts of America investigation, according to Dana Nessel's office.

One of the alleged victims was a family member who was about 11 years old when the abuse, which continued for years, first began, the AG said in announcing the charges earlier this month.

The other victim was allegedly abused by Chapman between the ages of 13-17 at his father's house, Chapman's house and a local church, the AG said.
https://www.crainsdetroit.com/news/form ... nal-sexual

The Church needs to acknowledge and embrace that it has a problem as big (if not bigger) as the Catholic Church has been facing with sexual predators gaining positions of trust and responsibility. The Church still doesn’t run background checks before appointing people to leadership positions with responsibility for minors.
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Did he also read Catcher in the Rye?
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The whole ""called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority" is one epic fail. Maybe if there was less reliance on myths they might see the benefits of the adoption of practical and time tested procedures such as background checks and team teaching.
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A few months ago, the church settled with the BSA for a $200 million payout. Did that include the offenses by this LDS scout leader and other LDS scout leaders?
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IHAQ wrote:
Tue Mar 29, 2022 8:16 am
The Church still doesn’t run background checks before appointing people to leadership positions with responsibility for minors.
Background checks are great, but I can't recall ever reading about abuse in the Church that would have been stopped by a background check. They can only catch people that have been caught and convicted before, and most of these guys haven't been caught and convicted before.
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Here’s one currently in the news that I’ve seen
From registered sex offender to church leader

By Tom Lyden Published March 2, 2022

A small chapel in southern Minnesota sits on the edge of the town of Kasson.

Unknown to members of the Mormon congregation until three years ago, one of its leaders, Michael Adam Davis, 34, was a lifetime registered sex offender from Utah, the headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS).

The congregation only learned of Davis background when he was charged in March 2019 with sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy whose family were members of the church.

The case raises troubling questions about what Mormon church leaders knew about his past, whether red flags were ignored, and why a simple criminal background check wasn’t conducted…

https://www.fox9.com/news/from-register ... rch-leader

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What is really sad is that homosexuals will have all sorts of excuses as to why this wasn't a homosexual act.
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cinepro wrote:
Wed Mar 30, 2022 9:20 pm
IHAQ wrote:
Tue Mar 29, 2022 8:16 am
The Church still doesn’t run background checks before appointing people to leadership positions with responsibility for minors.
Background checks are great, but I can't recall ever reading about abuse in the Church that would have been stopped by a background check.
Perhaps that’s because Kirton McConkie are really proficient at damage limitation.
They can only catch people that have been caught and convicted before, and most of these guys haven't been caught and convicted before.
Background checks, when done properly, do more than simply check for a criminal history. They can show other red flags that should make a person pause before allowing them unfettered access to minors who are groomed to believe they can always trust a “called” adult male. In fact, unfettered access to minors or vulnerable adults by lone adult males should never ever be allowed under any circumstances. Putting that policy in place would also help. Yet still Bishops are allowed to ask minors intimate questions in a private 1 on 1 setting, despite numerous incidents of abusive and manipulative Bishops (and they’re the ones Kirton McConkie haven’t successfully kept out of the public eye).

Would you send your child to a school that had the same safeguarding policies and track record as the Church? Your answer should be no, and for good reason.
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LittleNipper wrote:
Thu Mar 31, 2022 1:24 am
What is really sad is that homosexuals will have all sorts of excuses as to why this wasn't a homosexual act.
I’m not sure what you mean. Sadly, there are both gay and straight people who sexually abuse children. The last time I looked at numbers, child molestation by gay folks was no more prevalent than child molestation by straight folks.
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LittleNipper wrote:
Thu Mar 31, 2022 1:24 am
What is really sad is that homosexuals will have all sorts of excuses as to why this wasn't a homosexual act.
What is really sad is such an ugly display of bigotry by someone claiming to be a Christian.
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