was an LDS church member in Utah and later an elders quorum president in Minnesota; pleaded guilty in 2003 in Utah to misdemeanor lewdness involving a child; pleaded guilty in Utah in 2006 to felony forcible sexual abuse; arrested in 2019 in Minnesota; sentenced in 2022 to 30 years in prison for sexual abuse of a juvenile under his care; in March 2024, appealed his 2022 Minnesota conviction

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LDS church leaders in Minnesota allegedly attempted to cover up Davis’s abuse, protected him, and defended him in court.

On November 29, 2022, Michael Adam Davis was sentenced to 30 years, the maximum sentence he could receive. The judge took into account his previous convictions in Utah when determining his sentence.

In March 2024, Davis appealed his 30-year criminal sexual conduct sentence in Minnesota’s appeals court.

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    • Video title: 1595: Mormon Church Defends Minnesota Leader of Sexual Assault - Mormon Stories Podcast - 2022-05-17
    • Video description: "What would you think if your Church Leaders were on the defendant's witness list of your child's sex abuser? In this episode, we will discuss a disturbing Mormon sex abuse case in which the Branch and Stake presidents submitted affidavits that would have aided the dismissal of new charges brought against Elders Quorum President and registered sex offender Michael Adam Davis. Join us this Tuesday evening as LDS Member Michael Benjamin walks us through the details of this alarming case in which The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, once again, chooses to protect the institution over sexually abused children."

Case information sources

  1. Utah sex offender who became local Church leader convicted of sex abuse again
    view source details | 17 May 2022 | KUTV
  2. Former LDS leader sentenced to 30 years for sexually assaulting teen in Dodge County
    view source details | 29 Nov 2022 | Post Bulletin (Rochester, Minnesota)
  3. Former Mormon leader sentenced on sexual assault conviction in Minnesota
    view source details | 29 Nov 2022 | Fox 9 KMSP
  4. Former LDS church leader appeals criminal sexual conduct sentence
    view source details | 7 Mar 2024 | KAALTV

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