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

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

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

(FOX 9) - A former Mormon congregation leader who went from convicted sex offender to being a church leader in Minnesota was convicted Friday of assaulting a 13-year-old boy in 2019.

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). FOX 9 previously detailed what led to the revelation.

A Dodge County Sheriff’s deputy traffic stop on Feb. 17, 2019 started the investigation into Davis after he was pulled over when a child was seen moving around the front seat while not wearing a seat belt.

When the deputy ran Davis drivers’ license and discovered he was a lifetime registered sex offender in Utah.

The boy would later admit Davis repeatedly sexually assaulted him and tried to rape him.

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

After a trial began Monday, the jury took less than four hours to reach a decision.
https://www.fox9.com/news/former-minnes ... al-assault

The Church still refuses to instigate background checks.
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Re: LDS Scout Leader charged with several counts of criminal sexual conduct.

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IHAQ wrote:
Sat May 14, 2022 5:26 am
The Church still refuses to instigate background checks.
I can think of two possible reasons for this:

1. The general CoJCoLDS principle that because the church is guided by living prophets, it is extremely dangerous to change any of its long-term practices as a result of criticism, since that might open the flood-gates for more of the same kind ...

That's the obvious reason. But reading this thread, I have just thought of:

2. The Brethren know that at the higher levels of the leadership (General Authorities upwards?) there are a significant number of men who have things in their past that would prevent them passing any normal kind of background check. And those people must be shielded at all costs.
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Re: LDS Scout Leader charged with several counts of criminal sexual conduct.

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Chap wrote:
Sat May 14, 2022 8:30 am
IHAQ wrote:
Sat May 14, 2022 5:26 am
The Church still refuses to instigate background checks.
I can think of two possible reasons for this:

1. The general CoJCoLDS principle that because the church is guided by living prophets, it is extremely dangerous to change any of its long-term practices as a result of criticism, since that might open the flood-gates for more of the same kind ...

That's the obvious reason. But reading this thread, I have just thought of:

2. The Brethren know that at the higher levels of the leadership (General Authorities upwards?) there are a significant number of men who have things in their past that would prevent them passing any normal kind of background check. And those people must be shielded at all costs.
I hadn't considered number 2 - that General Authorities themselves wouldn't stand up to the scrutiny of a background check. It's definitely worthy of consideration. It would explain the inexplicable lack of action on background checks.
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Re: LDS Scout Leader charged with several counts of criminal sexual conduct.

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It emerged that the church leader was a registered sex offender.

A former leader of the Church of Latter-Day Saints has been convicted of multiple charges for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old congregation member.

Michael Adam Davis, 37, was found guilty of two counts of 1st-degree and two counts of 2nd-degree criminal sexual conduct, and one count of indecent exposure in front of a minor by a jury last week.

He was the Elders Quorum president at the Mormon church in Kasson, Minnesota, where the boy's parents were members.

A jury trial heard the victim, now 16, describe how on three occasions Davis sexually assaulted him at Davis' home over the Christmas period in 2018.

The suspicions of authorities were raised when police pulled Davis over in February 2019 with the boy in the car, and a background check revealed he was a lifetime registered sex offender in Utah, the home of the Church of Latter-Day Saints.

Giving evidence in court, the victim said Davis had bought him gifts including a phone and a pair of cowboy boots, with prosecutors arguing that Davis had groomed the boy under the auspices of being his mentor.
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/fo ... ar-AAXkfts

This is an example of a number of things that we've been talking about:
1. The importance of the church running background checks for all callings.
2. The importance of the church being transparent about these things and, instead of covering them up, ensuring all members are fully informed when something like this happens, and of the risks posed when unrelated adults are allowed unfettered access to their kids.
3. How Mormon parents have been desensitised to the risks of predators amongst them by things like Bishops 1-2-1 worthiness interviews of minors.
4. Why the church needs to change it's policies and practices when it comes to access to minors.

How many more members kids need to be victims before the Church takes ALL the necessary actions?
Michael Benjamin, a witness for the prosecution in the case, gave this statement to ABC 6 News, "I am so happy that justice was served. I hope that this victim and all of Mr. Davis' previous victims can find peace in knowing that he will finally be held accountable for his actions. I also hope that the LDS Church can change their policies and practices to prevent cases like this from happening again."
https://www.kaaltv.com/rochester-minnes ... l/6470142/

I wouldn’t hold my breath Michael…
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Re: LDS Scout Leader charged with several counts of criminal sexual conduct.

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IHAQ wrote:
Tue May 17, 2022 7:44 am
Chap wrote:
Sat May 14, 2022 8:30 am


I can think of two possible reasons for this:

1. The general CoJCoLDS principle that because the church is guided by living prophets, it is extremely dangerous to change any of its long-term practices as a result of criticism, since that might open the flood-gates for more of the same kind ...

That's the obvious reason. But reading this thread, I have just thought of:

2. The Brethren know that at the higher levels of the leadership (General Authorities upwards?) there are a significant number of men who have things in their past that would prevent them passing any normal kind of background check. And those people must be shielded at all costs.
I hadn't considered number 2 - that General Authorities themselves wouldn't stand up to the scrutiny of a background check. It's definitely worthy of consideration. It would explain the inexplicable lack of action on background checks.
Perhaps - but the faithful church members would, I believe, be quite happy if the brethren announced that either background checks would be required going forward only, or that they themselves - the Lord's anointed - would be exempt, because they are Prophets, Seers, and Revelators, and so must be assumed to be beyond reproach.
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