Mormon Bishop In Utah Arrested On Child Pornography Charges
A Mormon bishop was arrested last week on eight counts of sexual exploitation of a minor after allegedly admitting he used Skype to distribute child pornography, according to Newsweek.
Bishop Timothy James Hallows of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) had more than 100 images of sexual abuse of a minor among the thousands of pornographic images in his possession at the time of his arrest, police said.
"We know that there are multiple images that he has in his possession at the time of his arrest, and that may mean there are multiple victims," said Captain Taylor West of the Davis County Sheriff's Office. "We are still further investigating who the victims of this case are."
Hallows reportedly claimed the children in the images were “not real” and "provided several incidents of justification or rationalization for the conduct." He also refused a polygraph test.
The religious leader insisted he had no long-term sexual contact with children, Newsweek reported, but when police told him they believed he had sexually abused children, Hallows allegedly said "Uh-huh," while nodding his head in the affirmative.
According to the affidavit, "Hallows has conducted this behavior in other states, while he travels, which is done frequently. Hallows also admitted to engaging in this conduct with international suspects. Investigators need time to conduct follow-up on forensics and potential children interviews."
In response to the bishop’s arrest, LDS said in a statement: "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has no tolerance for abuse of any kind, including child pornography, and teaches its members and leaders that such behavior is offensive to God and to His Church. When local leaders learned of these allegations, this individual was immediately removed from any position that would place him in close contact with youth or children."