was an LDS bishop in the Oklahoma City First Ward in the early 1960s; accused of sexually abusing a teenage boy in the bishop's office at a Mormon chapel in about 1961; died in 1968

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Gardner was an LDS bishop in Oklahoma in the 1950s or 1960s. After his death, he was accused of sexual abuse by a man who reported to the Mormon Alliance that the abuse had taken place in the bishop’s office in an LDS chapel, when he was about 15-16 years old. He also said that Gardner sexually abused him at his (the victim’s) home.

At least three other boys said Gardner sexually fondled them, according to a case report by the Mormon Alliance.

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  1. Samuel H. Gardner - obituary
    view source details | 15 Aug 1968 | Spanish Fork Press
  2. Case Reports of the Mormon Alliance, Vol. 1 (1995)
    view source details | 1 Jan 1995 | Lavina Fielding Anderson, Janice Merrill Allred
  3. UTLM #91 - November 1996
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  4. Blame the Victim: Hushing Mormon Sexual Abuse
    view source details | 10 Apr 1996 | Marion Smith
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