About John Cox
John Cox Mormon Sex Crime Case Summary
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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