was an LDS bishop and former sound recording engineer in Mesa, Arizona (Lehi 2nd Ward); arrested in 2014 for sexual solicitation of a minor online; the alleged crime took place while he was bishop

Case Summary

Michael Coleman was a Mormon bishop in Arizona.

From 1983 to 2012 and in 2014, Coleman worked as a sound engineer at Orangewood Recording in Mesa, Arizona, according to a resume posted to his LinkedIn profile.

In 2014 in Mesa, Arizona, Coleman was accused of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Investigators found explicit sexual conversations with underage boys on Coleman’s computer.

Coleman was at one time the Bishop of the Lehi 2nd Ward in Mesa.

Shortly after Coleman was arrested, the Mormon church released him from his calling (position) as bishop.

FLOODLIT is looking for information on the outcome of Coleman’s case. We’re not aware whether any criminal charges resulted from Coleman’s arrest and firing.

According to a USA Today article from January 24, 2014, Eric Hawkins, a Mormon Church spokesman, said the church took immediate action against Coleman.

“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has zero tolerance for abuse of any kind,” Hawkins said in a prepared statement.

“Any person who engages in abuse is rightfully subject to both legal prosecution and formal church discipline. When the church became aware of these charges, Coleman was released as a bishop to allow him to attend to legal proceedings.”

Sources
  1. Buenos Aires South Mission Alumni
    view source details | 18 Mar 2024 | Mission.net
  2. Former Mormon bishop accused of trying to lure teens
    view source details | 24 Jan 2014 | USA Today
  3. Mormon Bishop Arrested in Mesa for Luring Teen Boy - Bishop Accountability - 2014-02-14
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  4. Former LDS bishop Michael Coleman arrested on count of luring minor for sexual exploitation - East Valley - 2014-01-24
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  5. Michael Coleman
    view source details | 18 Mar 2024 | LinkedIn
Sources excerpts

Videos: Michael Coleman Mormon sex crime case

    • Video title: Former Mormon bishop accused of luring teenage boy for sex - 2014-01-23
    • Video description: "A former bishop with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is accused of trying to lure a teen boy for sexual exploitation, according to the Mesa Police Department."

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