was a Mormon church member and local Boy scout leader; accused of sexual abuse in 1987; convicted in 1993 and 1998 in separate cases of child sexual abuse

Personal information

  • Stillwell, Robert David
  • Alias(es): Robert David Brotherson
  • Born: 1964
  • Gender: Male

Case summary

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This case arose in Utah in 1987.

Robert David Stillwell was placed in the BSA confidential files on July 23, 1987.

On August 5, 1987, K. Hart Bullock, Scout Executive, Great Salt lake Council writes a letter to BSA Paul Ernst:

“Dear Paul,

I am enclosing a confidential record sheet on Robert David Stillwell of Salt Lake City, Utah. It is my feeling that Mr. Stillwell should not be involved in the Boy Scout program. He was brought to my attention by the father of a 13 year old boy who observed some very unnatural interest that Mr. Stillwell was demonstrating toward his boy and several of his friends. In checking with Mr. Stillwell’s LDS Bishop, I find that he has been accused of sexually molesting a boy by the boy and the boy’s mother, but denied any such activity I have visited with his LDS Bishop and he assured me that they would remove him from the Scouting program and any involvement with youth.” ” Have received complaints from a Scoutmaster of another troop and a father of a 13 year old boy that Robert Stillwell has and is showing unusual attention to his son and 3 other boys, l.e. inviting them to movies” ….and “on a week long trip to Catalina Island.” Stillwell registration for LDS scouting sent but rejected by BSA in 1988 and 1991 .

On October 23, 1991, there is a letter from Lloyd T Anderson in the BSA files, Stake President to Elder Lybbert, Area President Asia Area Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Central Hong Kong regarding Robert Stillwell is in the BSA Confidential files. “1 am writing to provide you confidential information which suggests that Church disciplinary action against Brother Stillwell is indicated.”.,, “In Approximately 1987, Robert Stillwell was a member of the Central Park Ward, South Salt Lake, Utah Stake. For approximately one year, he served as a counselor in the Young Men’s presidency and as an assistant scout master During this time period, suggestions of problems with Brother Stillwell and the young men he was involved with were first raised by a mother of a young man in the Haven ward… the son was questioned but did not admit to any improper actions on the part of Brother Stillwell.

Later that same year, . . . .parents notified scout headquarters of their concerns. Scout Council investigated and turned up some disturbing information”

From the Utah Department of Corrections sex offender registry website:

Name: Robert David STILLWELL Registration #: 3454
Aliases: Robert David BROTHERSON
Status: Active

Physical Description
• Age: 58 (DOB: 09/23/1964) • Height: 5’11”
• Sex: M • Weight: 200lbs
• Race: White • Eyes: Brown
• Hair: Brown
• Scars/Tattoos:


• Description: 76-5-403.1 – SODOMY ON A CHILD/1ST DEGREE FELONY
• Date Convicted: 02/02/1998
• Conviction State: Utah
• Release Date:
• Details:
• Counts: 1
• Date Convicted: 04/26/1993
• Conviction State: Utah
• Release Date: 11/19/1996
• Details:
• Counts: 1

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LDS/Mormon church membership history

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LDS mission information

The accused served a full-time LDS mission in the Taipei mission from 1984 to 1986.

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

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LDS church response(s)

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  • Alleged failure to report by local LDS leaders? no
  • Alleged misconduct by local LDS leaders? no
  • Alleged misconduct by global LDS leaders? no

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

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