LDS church member and physician; in 1982, was found guilty of sexual exploitation of a minor; was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to pay $7,500 restitution
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Personal information

  • Stringham, James Grant
  • Alias(es): Grant Stringham; Dr. Stringham; J. Grant Stringham, Jr.
  • Born: 1928
  • Died: 2017
  • Gender: Male

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Case summary

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Dr. James Grant Stringham was a pediatric physician in Salt Lake City, Utah, a prominent local LDS church member, and a convicted child sexual abuser.

In 1948, Stringham left the United States to serve a full-time LDS mission in Hawaii. LDS apostle Henry D. Moyle spoke at Stringham’s missionary farewell.

In 1950, Stringham returned home from his completed LDS mission.

On 1954-08-10, Stringham was married in the Salt Lake temple of the LDS church, with apostle Elder Richard L. Evans officiating.

After marrying, Stringham and his wife moved to Baltimore, Maryland while he attended medical school.

On July 2, 1980, Stringham made a video recording of a sexual nature involving one of his child patients. According to Deputy Salt Lake County Attorney Paul Farr, Stringham made the recording in his doctor’s offices at 2026 S. 1300 East in Salt Lake City and used the film for his own sexual gratification.

In or before June 1982, Stringham (age 54) was arrested by Salt Lake City police detectives. They executed a search warrant at Stringham’s medical office and discovered the film Stringham had made in 1980.

In June 1982, Stringham pleaded no contest to a second-degree felony charge of sexual exploitation of a minor.

In or before July 1982, Stringham was sentenced to one to five years at the Utah State prison, but that sentence was suspended upon completion of probation and rehabilitation programs.

In July 1982, he was sentenced to five years’ probation and ordered to pay $7,500 restitution. His medical license was also suspended for 90 days, and the judge (3rd District Judge David B. Dee, also a Mormon) placed restrictions on the ages of patients the doctor would be allowed to treat.

The probable cause statement on the complaint was sealed by court order.

In 2022, during a Mormon Stories podcast episode, a woman alleged that Stringham had sexually molested her daughter.


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LDS/Mormon church membership history

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LDS mission information

The accused did not serve a full-time LDS mission.

LDS temple marriage information

The accused was married (sealed) in the Salt Lake Mormon temple in Aug 1954.

LDS church positions ever held by the accused: Missionary
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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

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