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Former Mormon Mission President Accused Of Sexual Assault

The Mormon church is investigating a former missionary training center president who is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in the 1980s.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said in a statement posted to its website Tuesday that the allegations are "deeply disturbing" and would lead to formal discipline if true.

The 85-year-old Joseph L. Bishop denies the allegations. He can be heard apologizing to the woman and talking about a sex addiction in a secret audio recording she made in December that was released this week.

The 55-year-old woman, whose name is being withheld because she's an alleged victim of sexual assault, says Bishop tried to rape her in 1984 at an office in Provo.

Utah authorities say they investigated her claim, but the statute of limitations has passed to pursue the case.