was a Mormon bishop and stake president in Wyoming; later moved to Utah and worked as a massage therapist; pleaded no contest in 2022 to two class A misdemeanor charges of sexual battery for touching a female massage client in a sexual manner

Case Summary

Scott Phister was a former Mormon stake president and massage therapist.

In 1983, Phister left his home state of Montana to serve as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Seattle, Washington.

In 1998-2002, he was serving as a Mormon bishop of the Riverton 2nd Ward in Riverton, Wyoming.

In 2016, he was serving as a Mormon stake president in Wyoming.

Between 2016 and 2020, Phister moved to Utah.

In 2022, he pleaded no contest to two class A misdemeanor charges of sexual battery for touching a female massage client in a sexual manner.

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from KUTV on 2020-01-02:

“SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — UPDATE – (Sunday, Jan. 5 at 9 p.m.) – The massage therapist accused of sexually abusing a client was booked into Salt Lake County Jail on Saturday. He was charged on two counts of forcible sexual abuse.

(ORIGINAL STORY) – A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a massage therapist on suspicion of forcible sexual abuse of a woman who was getting a massage.

Scott Phister, 55, is accused of touching his genitals against a woman’s hand, fondling her breasts and touching her genitals. The woman reported the alleged touching to police and said she repeatedly told him “no” and “stop,” which he allegedly ignored.

The woman was a return customer to Hibiscus Springs Spa in Salt Lake County where Phister was assigned to give the massage on Aug. 15, 2019.

The adult woman said Phister told her that he “just wanted to make her feel good,” and asked, “You’re not going to tell anyone, right?”

The two counts of forcible sexual abuse in Utah are defined by touching any part of the genitals, anus, breasts with intent to arouse or gratify sexual desires of a person without consent.”

Sources
  1. the accused was a full-time Mormon missionary in 1983 in Seattle, Washington
    view source details | 21 May 1983 | Billings Gazette
  2. the accused was a stake president in Wyoming in 2016
    view source details | 7 Jul 2016 | Casper Star-Tribune
  3. Arrest made for massage therapist accused of forcible sexual abuse
    view source details | 2 Jan 2020 | KUTV
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