Judge considering trial for LDS bishop

Dec 23 2011 - 10:03am

DUCHESNE -- A Utah judge is considering whether a 43-year-old Mormon bishop should stand trial on charges of witness tampering and failure to report a 16-year-old girl's complaint of sex abuse.

Gordon Lamont Moon is accused of telling the teen not to contact authorities in late July after she told him as a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints leader that she'd been sexually abused.

The Deseret News reports (http://bit.ly/vrRIOl ) that during an evidence hearing Thursday in Duchesne, Moon's lawyer David Leavitt asked Duchesne County sheriff's Lt. Travis Tucker whether other people knew about the abuse before Moon was told.

But Duchesne County prosecutor Grant Charles told Judge Lyle Anderson that Moon is the only person facing charges because he tried to prevent the girl from going to the authorities.


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