was a Mormon church member; sentenced to prison for sexual abuse

About James Penrod

James Penrod Mormon Sex Crime Case Summary

01/01/97 Utah

LDS James W. Penrod was forced to return from an LDS mission and arrested for sodomy
of a child. As part of a plea agreement 18 other criminal counts of sexual abuse of minors
were dismissed. “Since he was forced to return from an LDS Church mission and arrested in
July 1997, Penrod has been housed at the Juab County Jail and then the Utah State

Hospital in Provo.” “. The judge sentenced Penrod to serve six years-to-life on one count of
sodomy of a child, a first-degree felony. In 1998, Penrod entered a plea of guilty and
mentally ill to that charge and two others. He also admitted committing sexual abuse of a
child, a second-degree felony, and providing harmful material to a minor, a third-degree
felony. His sentences for those counts will run concurrent with that for the sodomy charge. A
judge determined last year that Penrod was not mentally ill.” ” Penrod committed sexual
acts on the children just prior to leaving on an LDS Church mission to Pennsylvania and
then wrote a sexually explicit letter to a boy while serving as a missionary, the prosecutor

http://www.mormonstodav.com/0001 1 6/D2Penrod01 .shtml

Nephi man sent to prison despite suicide threat Sex abuser tells judge he suffers from
depression By Edward L. Carter Deseret News staff writer

Published: Saturday, Jan. 15 2000 12:00 a.m. MST


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