Phony Mormon marriage counselor sentenced

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 10:31 AM


WEST JORDAN -- A state judge has sentenced a Kearns man accused of posing as a Mormon marriage counselor to three years in jail and five years' probation for sexual misconduct.

In August, a jury convicted 59-year-old Arturo Tenorio of two counts of felony forcible sex abuse involving two female victims. On Tuesday, Tenorio was charged with two more counts of felony sex abuse involving two additional victims.

The Deseret News reports Tenorio immediately pleaded guilty to the two new counts as part of a plea agreement.

Police said Tenorio posed as a therapist, counseling couples referred to him through a Utah County bishop from a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints congregation.

The women testified during the trial that they were sexually abused during individual counseling sessions.

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