was a school teacher and former Mormon bishopric member in Provo, Utah; pleaded guilty to multiple felonies, including rape of a 17-year-old girl; sentenced in 2015 to a minimum of eight years in prison

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Donny Bills was a Mormon church member and schoolteacher in Utah.

In 2015, Bills was sentenced to a minimum of eight years in prison for child sexual abuse.

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LDS Donald Nelson Bills, a Bishop in the LDS church “55, pleaded guilty Thursday to
forcible sodomy, a first-degree felony; object rape, a first-degree felony; forcible sexual
abuse, a second-degree felony; obstructing justice, a second-degree felony; and tampering
with a witness, a third-degree felony. In exchange for the plea, 10 additional charges were
dismissed.”

The child was 17 years old. “Bills would talk to the girl often about his personal life, including
his experiences in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, his service in an LDS
Church bishopric, and his absent sex life with his wife, according to the charges.”

“Bills used his position in an LDS bishopric to convince the girl that their behavior was not
inappropriate, according to the charges. He also told her that if their relationship was ever
discovered, she should say they had only kissed and that she had initiated it.”

Former Provo High teacher pleads guilty to having sex with student

July 3, 2015

“father insisted Bills knew “exactly what he was doing” as he coaxed the teenager into a
relationship and then used manipulation and threats to hide it.

“1 will never forgive Donald Bills,” the father said. “My family and 1, we are hurting and
nobody that has never gone through this will ever understand.”

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