was an LDS church member in Utah; arrested in 2022 and charged with sexual abuse of a child; connected to an ongoing investigation into ritualistic sexual abuse in Utah

Personal information

  • Hamblin, David Lee
  • Alias(es): Dave Hamblin
  • Born: 1954
  • Gender: Male

Case summary

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Last known status: remote hearing on 2023-03-22

2023-03-15: There is an upcoming remote hearing in this case, on 2023-03-22. The public may attend online.

See also: Ritualized sexual abuse

New case: Six counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child filed in 6th District Court-Manti against David Lee Hamblin. This latest victim came forward after Hamblin was arrested and booked on 9/28/22. https://sheriff.utahcounty.gov/media/sheriffNewsDetails?ID=242115

Additional Sexual Abuse Charges Filed Against David Hamblin
10/18/2022 11:58:48 am

Six additional aggravated sexual abuse of a child charges have been filed against David Lee Hamblin for abuse that occurred in Spring City in Sanpete County.

*** PRESS RELEASE October 18, 2022 ***

In early October 2022 Detectives with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office were contacted by a person who told them they were repeatedly sexually abused by David Lee Hamblin in the early 1990’s in Spring City, Utah. The victim in this case told Detectives the abuse occurred at Hamblin’s home where the victim was taken for therapy sessions. The victim disclosed to Detectives that during these sessions Hamblin made the victim masturbate Hamblin. The victim also disclosed that Hamblin forcibly sexually abused the victim. The victim also described that Hamblin administered religious blessings during some of the therapy sessions. The victim described disclosing the abuse, but that the concerns expressed were not taken seriously because of Hamblin’s standing both in the Spring City community and Hamblin’s standing because of his membership in and involvement with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After multiple times being abused under the guise of therapy sessions, the victim was no longer required to attend those sessions. The victim also described being afraid that Hamblin would cause the victim injury should the abuse be disclosed to anyone outside the therapy sessions. Investigators have been able to corroborate this victim’s statements with other witnesses.

On Tuesday, October 17, 2022, in Sixth Judicial District Court in Manti, six counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child were filed against David Hamblin. While Hamblin is not yet currently booked on these new charges, he is still being held in the without bail in the Utah County Jail on seven other child sexual abuse related charges from a separate case.

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LDS/Mormon church membership history

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LDS mission information

The accused did not serve a full-time LDS mission.

LDS temple marriage information

FLOODLIT is not aware whether the accused was married in a Mormon temple.

LDS church positions ever held by the accused: Elders quorum president
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LDS church response(s)

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  • Alleged failure to report by local LDS leaders? no
  • Alleged misconduct by local LDS leaders? no
  • Alleged misconduct by global LDS leaders? no

FLOODLIT is not aware whether the Mormon church paid any settlement amounts related to this case.

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