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By Kent Larsen

Child Abuser That Used LDS Church Charged in Third State

WAUKESHA, WISCONSIN -- A man who used the LDS Church to find victims that he then abused was charged Wednesday in a third US state. William B. Hanson, 38, was charged with five counts of first degree child sexual assault and three counts of second degree child sexual assault in Waukesha County Circuit Court. Hanson has also been charged in Utah and in New Jersey, where he is currently being held on $1 million bail.

Hanson allegedly assaulted a boy in Waukesha in 1996 and 1997 after he became a "volunteer youth group leader for young men" in a local LDS congregation. According to police, Hanson befriended the boy after becoming the youth leader, and took him and his own son on camping trips, during which the assaults occurred.

The Utah case against Hanson involves three victims and the New Jersey case involves the same victim from the Wisconsin case and a second boy. Hanson was first caught in New Jersey when his wife of 12 years discovered him abusing a 13-year-old boy. Hanson may also be charged in Iowa, Indiana, Texas, Canada and the Bahamas, where Hanson traveled on vacation with some boys.

Prosecutors claim Hanson is a persistent abuser who moved around the US developing relationships with boys through the LDS Church and through the Boy Scouts.


Man now facing Wisconsin sex assault charges
Milwaukee WI Journal Sentinel 2Nov00 D2
By Lisa Sink: Journal Sentinel staff
Ex-Town of Waukesha resident already in custody


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