Former Utah Mayor, LDS Bishop Arrested Following Child Abuse Allegations

Police say the man was in a “trustworthy position” with the three alleged victims.

Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) The Davis County Justice Center and Jail pictured Monday, January 3, 2022. Carl Johnson, a former mayor and LDS bishop, was arrested and sent to the jail on suspicion of seven counts of aggravated abuse from Davis County admitted one child on Wednesday, September 7, 2022.

A former Utah mayor and former bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was arrested Wednesday after police said he sexually abused at least three children.

Carl Johnson, 77, was arrested in Orem and sent to the Davis County Jail on suspicion of seven counts of serious abuse of a child.

Police allege in a probable cause statement that Johnson was in a “state of trust” with the three alleged victims, who revealed they were sexually abused as children between 1985 and 1996.

An alleged victim told police she was between 5 and 8 years old in 1996 when Johnson took her to a room away from others in his home, touched her body and told her to “keep still and not tell anyone what’s happening.” is”.

Another alleged victim reported that Johnson inappropriately touched her in the shower when she was 5 years old in the mid-1980s. And a third said she was a teenager in 1993 when Johnson allegedly lay in bed with her and touched her inappropriately.

Davis County investigators allege Johnson admitted to inappropriate touching during a police interview and estimated he assaulted more than six children as young as two years old.

“Johnson admitted he has a problem controlling his sexual urges and has struggled with that problem for most of his life,” Deputy Kurt Jemmett wrote in a statement on probable cause.

Jemmett asked a judge to place Johnson in custody, noting that the man held “numerous positions of trust” as a bishop in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a past mayor of West Bountiful in the 1990s. He pointed out that there are other abuse allegations that are still being investigated.

Judge Ronald Russell ordered Johnson held without bail because he determined it would pose a “significant danger” to the community if he were released. Former Utah Mayor, LDS Bishop Arrested Following Child Abuse Allegations

Justin Scacco

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