was an LDS missionary from Idaho in Bakersfield, California; accused in 1997 of sexual abuse of an 8-year-old girl at a school; as of 2024, lives in Meridian, Idaho

Case Summary

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Jason Chad Larsen, a missionary from Idaho, “was arrested in late May on suspicion of molesting a girl, 8, at the school. Jason Chad Larsen, 20, a Mormon missionary from Idaho, was charged with 1 felony count of child molestation for an incident in the school cafeteria among other children and reading volunteers. Larsen reportedly put his hand in the girl’s shorts and eventually inside her underwear while she was reading to him. The girl said she was scared and tried to ignore the act. After finishing the book, Larsen reportedly asked if she wanted to read another book. She said no and returned to her class where she reported the incident to a teacher’s aide. Larsen, who has volunteered at the school since mid-Feb., was arrested a few hours later. He was released on $10,000 bail.”

Source: Bakersfield Californian 5/24/97

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