August 7, 2019
SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 News) – A former bishop for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints charged with sexual abuse of young boys was sentenced Tuesday to 120 days in jail.
Jeffrey Byron Head originally faced two counts of felony forcible sex abuse and two counts of lewdness. Head was found guilty by a jury in April of third-degree felony attempted forcible sex abuse, misdemeanor sexual battery, and two counts of misdemeanor lewdness.
Head was given a suspended sentence of 0-5 years at the Utah State Prison should he not comply with the terms of his 4-year probation. He is to not have any contact with the victims or their families.
He was also given a fine of $9500 and is required to register as a sex offender.
Jeffery Byron Head, 54, of Draper, convicted of inappropriately touching boys on several occasions between May 2016 and August 2017. Charges indicate the victims were at least 14 years old.
Head was previously a bishop with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was removed from his position after the allegations came to light.
A church spokesman Eric Hawkins released the following statement after charges were filed and an arrest warrant was issued:
“Abuse of any kind cannot be tolerated in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Anyone who engages In such behavior is rightfully subject to criminal prosecution and will also face discipline from the Church, including loss of Church membership.
Upon learning of these allegations, we took steps to notify authorities and to support their investigation into this matter. This individual was also immediately removed from any position in the Church.”
According to court documents, Head touched one victim inappropriately while in the presence of other minors. Two other witnesses told detectives they saw this happen.
Another victim told investigators Head would “discuss sex and masturbation all the time.” He said once the defendant offered to give him a ride home following a church activity. While in his driveway, Head reportedly locked the doors and stated, “we have to figure this masturbation thing out. You’re not leaving until we figure this out.”
The victim told police he could have left but chose not to because Head was “supposed to be a family friend, a leader for him to look up to,” and he would be angry if he ran away.
February 23, 2019
David N. Moss, hypocrite of the month
A Mormon bishop from Utah has been arrested and removed from his Church position following an arrest on human trafficking charges.
David N. Moss, a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints bishop and former law enforcement officer, was recently arrested for attempting to “manage” sex workers by helping them avoid police. Moss also said he had “run” girls in the past.
Moss ultimately met with the two undercover officers, and during that meeting he showed them cash and said he was “not opposed to paying” for services, detectives allege. He also detailed ways to avoid police and at that point forcibly grabbed one woman’s hand and placed it on his genitals.
The document states Moss then unzipped his pants and exposed himself to the two undercover detectives.
Sex work itself isn’t the problem; the problem is that Moss was trying to put himself in a position to control those women (as he claimed to have done in the past). The religious hypocrisy is also obvious. Moss was eventually arrested and charged with exploiting a prostitute, patronizing a prostitute, sexual battery, and two counts of lewdness.
Moss was released that day and arrested February 19 at his home in Lehi. Moss admitted to the details in the chats and the discussions but denied having “managed” other women previously, booking records state.
Detectives wrote that Moss’ current position as a religious leader and his prior work as a vice squad cop in St. George gave them reason to worry there may be more victims out there.
They said both positions placed him in contact with potentially vulnerable people.
Moss was constantly surrounded by people who looked to him with respect and/or fear. He used that to his advantage to the point where other victims may still be out there. The one bright spot is that the Mormon Church acted quickly to remove him from his position, saying in a statement:
The behavior alleged in this incident is completely unacceptable and unbecoming of any member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and especially of someone serving in a position of local leadership. Upon learning of this situation, local leaders took immediate steps to relieve him of his role and to identify his replacement.
If only they acted that quickly when it comes to bishops who were accused of sexual assault yet weren’t shamed in the press.
December 16, 2018
Jeffrey Byron Head, another Mormon child molester
DRAPER, Utah — A bishop for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been charged with felonies and removed from his position in the church amid allegations he sexually abused juveniles in his congregation.
According to documents filed in Third District Court Wednesday, Jeffrey Byron Head, 54 of Draper, is charged with two counts of forcible sex abuse and two counts of lewdness.
The charges indicate the victims are under the age of 14 and the alleged offenses occurred between May 2016 and August of 2017.
Charging documents indicate several alleged victims reported inappropriate behavior and touching from Head, and at least one victim said he felt pressured to remain in the situation because Head was a friend and “a leader for him to look up to…”
Head allegedly touched one victim’s genitals under the guise of curiosity about a recent surgery. Two other individuals corroborated that account.
That same individual told police Head took him out for milkshakes, during which time he would ask him about masturbation and massage his shoulders.
Another alleged victim told police Head “would discuss sex and masturbation all the time.” The juvenile told police Head would ask him inappropriate questions about his intimate encounters with girls.
At one point he said Head locked him in a car with him and told him “we have to figure this masturbation thing out. You’re not leaving until we figure this out.”
The charging documents state Head went on to discuss the victim’s and his own masturbation habits.
The victim said he could have left but did not because “Defendant was supposed to be a family friend, a leader for him to look up to, and that Defendant would be angry if [Victim] ran away from defendant.”
That same boy told police that one week later Head entered his home without permission, sat on a bed near the victim and and discussed masturbation with the victim as he was shirtless. The juvenile said he had to ask Head to leave three times before the man exited the home. The juvenile’s younger sibling corroborated the account.
A warrant has been issued for Head’s arrest and bail is set at $150,000. As of Thursday afternoon, Head has not yet been arrested.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints responded to the charges Thursday.
In addition to the statement reproduced in its entirety below, a spokesman confirmed Head was a bishop but did not provide any further details about the timeline for when the LDS Church became aware of the allegations.
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.