Former Mormon bishop busted

Cult 8, 2002

Spencer Dixon was once a Mormon bishop responsible to the church, but soon he may be required to report as a sex offender.

The one-time Mormon bishop allegedly molested a 13-year-old girl in a Salt Lake City church library. He is reported to have fondled the girl's breasts and buttocks and is now charged with "first-degree felony aggravated sexual abuse of a child," according to the Salt Lake City Tribune.

The Mormon Church has had serious problems concerning sexual abuse in recent years and has been sued regarding its handling of such matters. According to the plaintiffs the church did not take proper action when leaders were confronted with such situations. Essentially, plaintiffs said that church officials didn't keep their flock safe from sexual predators.

After former Bishop Dixon was arrested a church spokesman said, "The church condemns abuse of any kind and expects the highest moral and ethical conduct by its leaders."

Let's hope so. But it seems that Mormon leaders may have failed their faithful in the past.

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