was an LDS church member and co-founder of Ancestry.com; found guilty and sent to prison in Utah for sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl

Case Summary

12/22/15 – Utah

LDS church Daniel T. Taggart, waiting to be sentenced for sexually abusing a teenage girl at a
sleepover, has been sent back to jail.

“Daniel Taggart, 51, was taken into custody following a hearing Tuesday after a judge
revoked his bail for violating a protective order issued in the case. He was booked into Utah
County Jail where he will remain until sentencing on Jan. 15. Police say Taggart provided
alcohol for his teenage daughter and her friend at a sleepover last year, playing games with
the girls and offering shot glasses and sex toys as prizes.”

“After Taggart’s daughter had apparently fallen asleep, the teenager told police Taggart
turned on a pornographic video and sexually assaulted her, according to charging
documents Taggart pleaded guilty in October to reduced charges of attempted sexual abuse
of a child and three counts of attempted forcible sexual abuse.”

Bail revoked for Ancestry.com founder in teen sex abuse case By McKenzie Romero ,
Deseret News Published: Tuesday, Dec. 22 2015 5:25 p.m. MST

“Taggart graduated from Brigham Young University bachelor with a BA of arts in

International Relations with an emphasis on Middle East and Hebrew Taggart has been a
successful entrepreneur in Utah. He cofounded Ancestry.com in 1997, but is no longer with
the company. He is currently the CEO of CubbyCode Inc. and Kringles Toys and Gifts,
according to his profile on Linkedln. He co-founded LDSAudio.com in September of 2003
and was CEO for a year. In 1990, he co-founded and ran Infobases, Inc. for six years.”

Utah entrepreneur charged with sexually abusing teen at sleepover

“A co-founder of the genealogy company Ancestry.com has been charged with sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl last year.

Daniel D. Taggart, 50, of Highland, was charged Monday in 4th District Court with two counts of object rape and one count of forcible sodomy, all first-degree felonies; one count of second-degree felony forcible sexual abuse; two counts of third-degree felony dealing in harmful materials to a minor; and two counts class A misdemeanor supplying alcohol to a minor.

In early summer 2014, Taggart’s daughter had the 15-year-old friend spend the night at their house, where Taggart supplied the girls with alcohol as they played games, according to charging documents. Taggart gave the alleged victim shot glasses and sex toys as prizes for the games, charges state.

After Taggart’s daughter fell asleep, Taggart turned on a pornographic video and sexually assaulted the alleged victim, according to the charges, which were investigated by the Lone Peak Police Department.

A short time later, the girl again stayed at Taggart’s home, and he again gave her alcohol, played the pornographic video and sexually assaulted her, charges state.

Taggart’s daughter confirmed details of incidents that occurred while she was awake, according to charges.

The defendant, after being read his Miranda rights, “acknowledged the sleepover and the games, but denied drinking, providing alcohol or any other incriminating act,” according to charges.

Taggart, who in 1997 co-founded Ancestry.com, was president for about one year, according to Taggart’s LinkedIn profile.

A company spokesperson confirmed Monday that Taggart has not been a part of the company “for years.”

Taggart is currently the CEO of CubbyCode Inc. and of Kringles Toys and Gifts, according to LinkedIn.

He also co-founded LDSAudio.com in 2003, and in 1990 co-founded and ran Infobases, Inc. for six years, according to LinkedIn.”

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Mormon Sexual Abuse Map

International map of locations where active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints perpetrated or allegedly perpetrated sexual abuse or other sex crimes, or where LDS leaders failed or allegedly failed to help abuse survivors.