was a Mormon church member and Sunday school teacher in the San Diego area, California; also was a Navy petty officer first class; initially pleaded not guilty to 43 felony counts of child molestation; later pleaded guilty; sentenced to 30 years in prison for sexually abusing eight girls ages 5 to 10 in his LDS sunday school class; as of 2024, lives in Bountiful, Utah as a registered sex offender

Case Summary

John Midgett of California sexually abused eight girls aged 5-10 in his Mormon Primary / Sunday school class starting in 1986.

The sexual assaults took place in LDS chapels in Mira Mesa and Rancho Peñasquitos or in the girls’ homes.

Midgett confessed some of his sex crimes to LDS leaders, who reported the abuse to police.

In 1992, Midgett was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

“My little daughter was 6 years old when this all started happening to her. She now
is afraid of everything,” a victim’s mother reportedly said. “We have been through hell. If you can’t trust your
Sunday school teacher, how can you trust anyone else?”

As of 2024, Midgett lives in Bountiful, Utah. He is a registered sex offender.

Sources
  1. Sex Assault Suspect Pleads Not Guilty
    view source details | 9 Jul 1992 | Los Angeles Times
  2. LA Times
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  3. John Allen Midgett of Utah
    view source details | 29 Feb 2024 | Offender Radar
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Mormon Sexual Abuse Map

International map of locations where active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints perpetrated or allegedly perpetrated sexual abuse or other sex crimes, or where LDS leaders failed or allegedly failed to help abuse survivors.