Saturday, February 03, 2007

Hey, Mitt Romney... here's another example of those good old Mormon Family Values

Rexburg LDS Missionary Sued For Sexual Abuse
Rexburg LDS Missionary Sued For Sexual Abuse
Posted: 11:08 AM, Jan. 30, 2007
Last Updated: 5:51 PM, Feb. 1, 2007

By Local News 8

A Rexburg missionary who was accused of sexually abusing three people in 2005, while on a mission, has been sued.

Jason Stark spent two years in Kentucky and Indiana for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Last February, he was charged in Lee County, Kentucky, with two counts of sodomy and one count of attempted sodomy.

He is scheduled for trial July 16th. The church says Stark has been released from his missionary duties pending the outcome of the trial.

Now, the mother of one of the accusers has filed suit against Stark and the church. She contends that Stark's conduct has damaged her son, who is under age 18.

The case was filed in Lee County Circuit Court in December. The Mormon church last week asked that the case be moved to federal court. The church also has asked that the lawsuit be dismissed.

Local News 8 talked to neighbors who say they couldn't believe what they heard.

Kellie Dayton says she has lived near Stark for the past 10 years.

"I just hope that they find he's innocent It's like I said I can't even imagine something like that would be true about Jason He's a great kid." said Dayton.

Stark's father, James Earnest Stark, is a registered sex offender. He was charged with statutory rape in 1990.

According to the LDS Church's website, the Church has zero tolerance for child abuse of any kind, but since this is a legal case, they refuse to comment.

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