January 12, 2005

LDS missionary is charged with sexual abuse of teens

Salt Lake Tribune

An LDS Church missionary serving in the Ogden Mission was being held Tuesday on $30,000 bail after police say he sexually abused two teenage girls while they were sleeping and videotaped it. John Baysden, 21, of North Carolina, was 17 months into his mission and had been in Roy for five weeks, said Roy police Chief Greg Whinham. The alleged abuse occurred at the home of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Roy, where the missionary spent the night on more than one occasion, Whinham said. The church members "placed their trust in him," he said. "Obviously, that trust was violated."

Posted by kshaw at January 12, 2005 06:07 AM