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