founder of the Mormon church; accused during his life of adulterous affairs with young women, some under the age of 18
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Personal information

  • Smith, Joseph
  • Born: 1805
  • Died: 1844
  • Gender: Male

Case videos

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    • Video title: Joseph Smith as a Sexual Predator - 2009-06-20
    • Video description: presentation by Sandra Tanner

Case summary

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Joseph Smith was the founder and first president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the LDS church or Mormon church.

FLOODLIT’s purpose is to help people learn about instances of sexual abuse allegedly perpetrated by Mormon church members.

We’re not aware whether Smith was ever formally charged with sexual abuse. He was, however, publicly accused during his lifetime of sex crimes, including polygamy.

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LDS/Mormon church membership history

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LDS mission information

FLOODLIT is not aware whether the accused served a full-time LDS mission.

LDS temple marriage information

FLOODLIT is not aware whether the accused was married in a Mormon temple.

LDS church positions ever held by the accused: Apostle
LDS church positions held by the accused at the time of the alleged crime(s): Apostle
LDS church positions held by the accused at the time of being publicly accused: Apostle

Alleged crime(s)

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Alleged victim(s)

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  • Average age of alleged victim(s) at time of alleged crime(s):

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Other court cases

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LDS church response(s)

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  • Alleged failure to report by local LDS leaders? unknown
  • Alleged misconduct by local LDS leaders? unknown
  • Alleged misconduct by global LDS leaders? unknown

FLOODLIT is not aware whether the Mormon church paid any settlement amounts related to this case.

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