Sexual Assault

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The family of five-year-old Lizzy Shelley is breathing a little easier, as her murderer pleaded guilty to all serious charges facing him.

 

Alexander Whipple entered a guilty plea Tuesday, admitting to killing and sexually assaulting his five year old niece, Lizzy Shelley. In May, Whipple was arrested and charged after a five day search for the girl.

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The Utah Women’s Giving Circle’s upcoming Spring Dialogue is titled “After #MeToo: A New Frontier.” The Utah Women’s Giving Circle says that their members want “to take the awareness generated by #MeToo to drive the conversation forward into solution and a new standard, answering the question,

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reverses a policy that generally prevented the children of same-sex parents from joining the faith, and that labeled same-sex married couples apostates.

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Former Utah State University football player Torrey Green, accused of sexually assaulting six women when he was student, takes the stand during the second week of his trial. Lt.

Man sentenced for sexual misconduct in the work place.
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Jurors have convicted a 54-year-old Utah nurse of sexual misconduct against three women who were in his care in medical facilities in Salt Lake County.

Adam Tae Kyun Lim faces up to life in prison on each of two counts of first-degree felony object rape and up to 15 years on one count of second-degree felony forcible sexual abuse.

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A Utah mother is accusing school officials of brushing aside an alleged sexual assault of her son by his football teammates as "boys being boys" and hazing that went too far.

The woman said in a lawsuit filed Thursday that her 14-year-old son was pinned down by two teammates while a third rubbed his genitals on her son's face on Sept. 17 in the small Utah city of Gunnison as several other players watched and laughed.

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Rep. Mia Love says the Federal Election Commission has cleared her of illegal fundraising and that her challenger, Ben McAdams, is unethical and should withdraw from the race. Also, four women ask the Utah Supreme Court to assign a special prosecutor to sexual assault cases that the Salt Lake County District Attorney's office declined to pursue. And the story of an unsolved murder from 1978 shows how evidence is maintained--and how cold cases are investigated today.  At 9 a.m.

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Four women want the Utah Supreme Court to assign a special prosecutor to bring their sexual assault cases to court.

The women filed a petition Tuesday saying Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill's office declined to pursue charges against each of the accused men in their cases.

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  A coalition of faculty and students at USU have come together to organize a day-long discussion of sexual violence, in order to understand the issues that informed the Kavanaugh hearings and investigation. This teach-in will happen on Tuesday, October 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the USU Anthropology Museum (Old Main 252) on the USU campus.

Utah State University campus.
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  A Utah State University piano professor has been removed from his teaching duties as the college investigates a sexual assault allegation made against him in a recent lawsuit.

University President Noelle Cockett said Wednesday in a statement that professor Dennis Hirst's students will be reassigned to other faculty members this fall semester as the college investigates the claims.

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Utah leaders respond to the Senate hearings over sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Also, Prof. Anita Hill, who testified in remarkably similar hearings held 27 years ago, visits the University of Utah for a lecture on sexual harassment. And the LDS Church, House Speaker Greg Hughes and proponents of legalizing medical cannabis meet to draft medical marijuana legislation, should Proposition 2 fail in November or Gov. Gary Herbert call a special session.

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If you are a bystander and witness a crime, should intervention to prevent that crime be a legal obligation? Or is moral responsibility enough?

Sexual assaults on the rise in Utah
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Statistics show violent and property crime are down in Utah, but the number of sexual assaults increased again last year.

Figures from the Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification released Wednesday show crime dropped overall by more than 5 percent from the prior year.

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Members of the local Kingston polygamist group are indicted in a $500 million tax-credit scheme, raising questions about a $50,000 campaign donation to Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes. Also, a spotlight on the safety of Mormon missionaries, after sexual assault survivors take their case to the Church. And the Inland Port Authority board votes to keep its subcommittee meetings closed to the public. 

McKenna Denson
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 A judge is refusing to dismiss a lawsuit claiming a woman was raped after the Mormon church allowed a man to oversee young missionaries in the 1980s despite a history of sexual misconduct.

McKenna Denson's attorney, Craig Vernon, says the Monday decision will allow them to investigate for other possible victims.

A northern Utah woman has admitted she made up a story about being sexually assaulted by a door-to-door salesman.

South Jordan police say the woman confessed she fabricated the story about an attack over the weekend after investigators determined that surveillance video showed no one visited her home during the time she had claimed.

LDS Church Offices in downtown Salt Lake City, UT
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A woman who says a former Mormon missionary leader raped her in the 1980s is accusing church officials of knowing about the man's prior sexual misconduct before he was appointed.

McKenna Denson's attorneys allege in a court document filed Tuesday that Joseph L. Bishop disclosed to church leaders his "acts of sexual predation" while he was a mission president in Argentina in the late 1970s.

Torrey Green faces court over sexual assault allegations.
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A trial for a former Utah State football player accused of sexually assaulting seven women has been set for January.

  24-year-old Torrey Green appeared in court Tuesday, where attorneys established a plan for trial. The seven cases charged against him will be tried in two separate trials in Box Elder County.

Mormon (LDS) Church wants rape case thrown out.
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The Mormon church is asking a judge to toss out a lawsuit accusing leaders of brushing aside rape allegations against a former missionary training center director.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says in court documents filed Tuesday that many people who could have testified about what happened in 1984 have died or are left with only cloudy memories, leaving the faith unable to fully defend itself.

Mom speaks out after fatal attack of daughter
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A Utah mother who was on the phone with her 15-year-old daughter when she was murdered says they were talking about the mail when the girl started screaming.

Shauna Bagshaw said that she and her daughter Baleigh Bagshaw talked every day after school, including on May 7, the day a normal conversation turned into incomprehensible screaming.

Jury rules "Not Guilty" in child rap case.
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Three Utah men have been found not guilty of raping a 9-year-old girl while her mother was smoking methamphetamine in a nearby garage.

The jury reached the verdict Wednesday in the case where the girl's harrowing testimony about what she said happened after a rural Easter egg hunt in 2016 was the centerpiece of the case.

Tom Sizemore accused of sexual abuse by Utah woman.
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A Utah woman who told police Tom Sizemore groped her at a photo shoot when she was 11 is suing the actor.

The lawsuit filed Monday says the 2003 incident during production of the "Born Killers" movie left her with post-traumatic stress and drug and alcohol addiction.

Riverview Junior High, site of reported sexual assault
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Police are investigating a report of sexual assault that is said to have happened in a restroom near softball fields behind Riverview Junior High School.

Murray police Officer Kenny Bass confirmed Wednesday that the department is investigating the incident. A public post on Taylorsville Fast-pitch Softball's Facebook page says that the assault occurred April 25 "sometime after the Murray High School softball game."

Utah State Prison, where William Lawrencehas been sentenced for sexual assault.
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A former Utah corrections officer was sentenced for sexually assaulting a woman after fleeing from the sentence for more than 10 years.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports William Lawrence on Monday, 12 years after the assault, was sentenced to zero to five years in the Utah State Prison.

Ely Prison where an inmate was stabbed to death.
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A Nevada inmate serving up to life in prison for kidnapping, robbery and sexual assault has been stabbed to death in a fight with two other inmates at the state prison in Ely.

Nevada Department of Corrections spokeswoman Brooke Santina said Wednesday that 32-year-old Sergio Chan was killed in the altercation at about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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