Former LDS Church bishop charged with sex abuse, lewdness

A former bishop with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints accused of inappropriately touching and discussing masturbation with people of various ages. (Photo: Larry D. Curtis / KUTV)

A former bishop with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is accused of inappropriately touching and discussing masturbation with people of various ages.

Jefferey Head, 54, has been charged in 3rd District Court for the following counts:

  • Lewdness - Class B Misdemeanor
  • Lewdness - Class B Misdemeanor
  • Forcible Sexual Abuse - 2nd Degree
  • Forcible Sexual Abuse - 2nd Degree

Court documents detail at least four instances where Head allegedly discussed masturbation extensively, and engaged in forcible sexual abuse and lewdness.

Head is also accused of touching one of the victims inappropriately and looking down his shorts. A witness told police that Head asked the victim to pull down his pants and underwear because he was curious about his recent surgery.

A member of his congregation told police when Head picked him up to get milkshakes, he talked about masturbation. Head also allegedly rubbed the person's shoulders, removed his shirt and moved the person's hand on his thigh, near his private parts.

On another occasion, Head locked himself and another person inside of a vehicle to discuss masturbation and erections. Head allegedly said, "We have to figure this masturbation thing out. You're not leaving until we figure this out."

The person told police that he could have left the car, but he didn't because Head was a family friend and "a leader for him to look up to," court documents state.

One week later, Head went over to the victim's house when he and his sister were home alone. Head allegedly entered the house without permission or announcing himself. He tried to discuss masturbation again with the victim. Head reportedly told the victim's sister to leave them alone when she entered the room.

One of the victim's later described Head to police as awkward, "really touchy feely" and that he talked about masturbation a lot, court documents state.

The Church responded to the allegations saying,

"Abuse of any kind cannot be tolerated [in The Church]. Anyone who engages in such behavior is rightfully subject to criminal prosecution and will also face discipline from the Church, including loss of Church membership."

The Church said it took steps to notify authorities, support the investigation and removed Head from his position in the church




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