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By Kent Larsen

LDS Bishop Excommunicated, Indicted on Sexual Abuse Charges

HYRUM, UTAH -- An Associated Press report in today's Salt Lake Tribune says that a now-excommunicated LDS Bishop has been indicted for sexual abuse of a 17-year-old girl. The indictment alleges that Gordon Brent Bodily of Hyrum, Utah lured the girl from North Carolina to Salt Lake City, according to the indictment filed in federal court on Wednesday.

Because the story is available through the Associated Press, it could be carried in thousands of newspapers worldwide. However, it has so far had limited distribution.

Bodily was still a Bishop when the alleged incident occurred. He was also a 14-year veteran Physical Education teacher at the South Cache Center. Because of the charges, Bodily was suspended from his teaching position.

An LDS Church Spokeswoman reported that Bodily has been released and excommunicated. "Because of his violation of his sacred trust, Bishop Gordon Bodily was released from his position . . . and has been excommunicated from the church."


Ex-Teacher, Bishop Indicted in Sex Case
Salt Lake Tribune (AP) 3Nov00 D2
Associated Press


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