About John Cox

John Cox Mormon Sex Crime Case Summary

08/28/85 Oregon

LDS John Lee Cox “The defendant was convicted in the Circuit Court, Clackamas County,
(Dale Jacobs, Judge), of two counts of first-degree rape and one count of first-degree
attempted rape, and he appealed.

Before trial, he moved to suppress evidence of a statement that he had made on August 28,
1985, after he was indicted, to Beck, a marriage counselor and Mormon clergyman. In that
statement, defendant admitted that he had had sexual intercourse with the victim,
his step-daughter, once after he had joined the Mormon Church. The court denied the

At trial, defendant moved separately to strike Beck’s testimony and for a mistrial. The court

denied the motions. Defendant assigns the three rulings as errors. He asserts that they
violated the clergy-penitent privilege under OEC 506. We agree and reverse. ”

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