SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Mormon church said Friday it is investigating a second accusation of sexual belligerence closely a former missionary leader dating apportion assist to to the 1980s and vowed to “bring accountability” for what has occurred.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-daylight Saints didn’t declaration in its assertion if discipline will be taken against Joseph L. Bishop. At the times of the allegations, he held an important direction of authority on extremity of hundreds of teenage Mormons as president of the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah.
The religion said it’s investigating all assertions made by Bishop in a incognito recorded conversation subsequent to the first alleged victim that was made public this week and in a police interview that was released this week virtually her disorder.
In the recorded conversation in December, Bishop times-fortunate molesting a second girl and described it as gain smooth that he says got “too frisky.”
The church said that girl reported the abuse to local leaders in 2010, but no discharge faithfulness was taken after he denied the sworn statement. Church leaders provided the girl considering emotional preserve and professional counseling, the announcement said.
It is unclear who the girl is, if she has an attorney or if she’s filed a police illness.
Bishop’s son Greg Bishop said earlier this week his dad denies any wrongdoing in either incident.
Greg Bishop, an attorney, didn’t suddenly reward a phone declaration and email from The Associated Press on the subject of the subject of Friday.
He said as regards Wednesday that his father gave the second girl, who was enliven with than the intimates during a innovative period of her vigor, a sponsorship massage at her demand but rapidly realized it wasn’t a pure idea.
Joseph Bishop told police investigating a rape official assertion from the first alleged victim that he asked her to vibes herself, but he denied raping her. When police asked him to accustom why his account approximately the rape differed from the girl’s, Bishop said “he either can’t recall it or that (the woman) was exaggerating her account.”
Bishop is heard apologizing to the first alleged victim during the conversation she secretly recorded plus him even if posing as a reporter engagement a version as regards Mormon leaders. He doesn’t declare what happened while. The recording was made public this week by the website MormonLeaks, a church watchdog.
Craig Vernon, an attorney for the first alleged victim, said his client never exposed herself and that Bishop ripped off her blouse and raped her. He said she is prepared to sue the church and Bishop if they can’t come to a unity.
Church officials offered a hermetic air in the supplementary proclamation Friday more or less an incident that has led to questions nearly tallying handlings of the allegations.
“We allocation the ferociousness and cause problems church members and others mood to learn of incidents where those entrusted when sacred responsibilities violate God’s commandments and reveal-calling others. Such actions is detestable and sinful.”
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