was a Mormon church member in Idaho; sexually abused a child; in 1986, was found guilty of rape of a child and spent one year in jail

Case Summary

In January 1974, a Mormon stake high council disciplined Bob Berchtold for his involvement with “another young girl,” perhaps not his main abuse victim.

Berchtold had tried to victimize at least a half-dozen other young girls in that era and had been reprimanded by the LDS church in 1974. While we don’t know what that reprimand consisted of, it wasn’t an excommunication.

The Netflix documentary/series: Abducted in Plain Sight covers Berchtold’s story.

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