was an LDS church member; accused of child sexual abuse; convicted; an LDS bishop was accused of failing to report the abuse

Case report

This case arose in 2000 in St. George, Utah.

On January 14, 2000, David McGhie was arrested on charges of forcible sex abuse, aggravated sex abuse of a child and forcible sodomy. He was held at Purgatory Correctional Facility on $40,000 bail.

David McGhie was convicted in Utah on November 20, 2000 of child sexual abuse – a first degree felony charge of forcible sodomy.

From the Deseret News on July 15, 2000:

“ST. GEORGE — An LDS bishop accused of failing to report child sexual abuse has signed a diversion agreement with the Washington County Attorney’s Office.

Under the agreement, the Class B misdemeanor charge against Brent Atkinson will be dismissed if he abides by terms of the agreement for one year, said Deputy County Attorney Tara Dugan.

The agreement calls for Atkinson to do 100 hours of community service, commit no law violations and pay $250 in court administration fees.

Dugan and defense attorney Lowry Snow both called it an appropriate resolution.

According to Justice Court records, the incident happened in the town of Central between August 1998 and January 2000.

Dugan said she could not comment on the circumstances, as they relate to a pending case — that of David Marlen McGhie.

McGhie, 36, was arrested in January and charged with forcible sexual abuse and forcible sodomy.

Two other LDS bishops in Utah have been charged this year with failing to report child sexual abuse.”

Case facts

Case information sources

  1. Arrests: Washington County Sheriff's Office
    view source details | 17 Jan 2000 | St. George Daily Spectrum
  2. LDS bishop signs diversion in child-abuse-reporting case
    view source details | 15 Jul 2000 | Deseret News
  3. David Marlen McGhie
    view source details | 12 May 2023 | Offender Radar

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