Erik Hughes, child molester
June 26, 2017
MAPLETON, Utah — Officers with the Mapleton Police Department arrested a man Wednesday on reports of sexually abusing two underage boys.
Erik Hughes, a former bishop for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was taken into custody after a now 18-year-old man came forward and reported past sexual abuse.
The abuse was alleged to have taken place around three years ago while Hughes was the young man’s bishop.
According to the man, Hughes seemed very friendly at first and provided him with what he thought was melatonin to help him sleep.
However, the victim said the pills left him feeling disoriented and Hughes told him he must have given him the wrong medication.
On another occasion, Hughes reportedly gave the victim a bitter-tasting smoothie.
After drinking it he said he felt woozy and disoriented, the same way he did after taking the pills.
The victim reported Hughes helped him to bed, where he remembers Hughes touching him inappropriately.
The victim described waking up and discovering his underwear had been removed and Hughes was again inappropriately touching him.
A second victim has also come forward with an account from five years ago when he was around 17 years old.
The second victim stated Hughes touched him inappropriately between 30 and 50 times.
Hughes would allegedly demand nude photos of him and would send him nude photos in exchange.
Whether or not photos were exchanged is still unknown.
Hughes also drugged the second man and sexually abused him in a hotel room, police reports state.
According to the second man, Hughes contacted him within the last month and told him he was being “falsely accused” of a crime by the first victim.
Hughes allegedly asked the second victim several questions related to the sexual abuse and asked how he would respond if police asked those same questions.
The LDS church has been in contact with the Utah County Attorney’s office.
Policies enacted by the Mormon Church have killed scores of teens, but Church elders can’t be bothered to give a fuck.
On November 5, 2015 the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church) issued a new and extreme anti-gay edict banning same-sex married couples and their children from the Church. During the past 10 months, there have been scores of Mormon LGBT teenagers who have committed suicide because of it.
The Church’s latest hateful anti-LGBT policy was actually leaked by someone inside the Mormon Church, causing its PR department to scramble. The resulting “policy change” states that the children of legally married same-sex parents are not allowed to be members of the Mormon Church until they turn 18 years old. Then they will be forced to choose between their parents who raised them and their Church. If they choose the Mormon Church, they would have to renounce their parents and their parent’s sexual orientation. Wow.
The suicides began immediately. It was reported that just in first few months after the new Church policy took effect, 32 Mormon teens took their own lives. Imagine the heartbreak for all those families who suffered the unimaginable loss of a child, a sister or a brother.
Imagine all the despair, all the suffering and all the pain that Mormon Church leaders caused its LGBT members and their families. Thousands of angry Mormon Church members resigned immediately.
Mormon Apostle Dallin H. Oaks made matters worse when he said of the dozens of Mormon teen suicides, “I’m aware that those tragic things happen. Those things have to be judged by a higher authority than exists on this earth.”
No, Mr. Oaks, they aren’t going to be judged by your imaginary sky-buddy; they’re going to be judged right here on Earth by people like me. And my judgement is that you and all the sick, hateful, uncaring members of your Church should be shunned and prosecuted for enacting policies that drove these young adults to kill themselves. Your whacko church, that was founded by con artist and pathological liar Joseph Smith, should be disbanded and thrown into the dustbin of history.