was an LDS church member; accused of sexual abuse

Case Summary

From the Salt Lake Tribune:

“A man posing as an LDS marriage counselor has been charged with sexually abusing two of his patients in early November at his Midvale office.

Police say a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bishop in Utah County initially referred at least two couples to Arturo Tenorio, 57, of Kearns, for marriage counseling.

After the first few sessions, Tenorio asked the couples to come in individually. After a couple of solo sessions, police say, Tenorio inappropriately touched and talked to the women.

Midvale police Detective Jacob Cutright said after a short time, the bishop looked deeper into Tenorio’s background. When he asked Tenorio if he had certification or a license, Tenorio responded that he couldn’t find the documents at the time, Cutright said. The bishop then urged the women to contact law enforcement.

“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has zero tolerance for abuse of any kind,” church spokesman Scott Trotter said. “As soon as we became aware of these allegations, we encouraged the people to report it to the police.”

Two counts of second-degree felony forcible sexual abuse against Tenorio were filed Friday in 3rd District Court in West Jordan. He was arrested Monday and booked into Salt Lake County jail. He is being held on a $500,000 cash-only bond. He will have his initial appearance Wednesday morning.

Court documents state that Tenorio began asking one woman “graphic, sexually explicit questions unrelated to her marriage.”

He then began to fondle her over and underneath clothing, the charges state.

Midvale police are asking other female clients of Tenorio to come forward.

“The pattern he showed with these two women was very similar and seemed very practiced, and I would assume there are other women,” Cutright said.

The women told police that although they felt what Tenorio was doing was inappropriate, they put a lot trust in him and didn’t immediately associate what he was doing as illegal.

Cutright said after his arrest, Tenorio told police he is a “coach,” not a marriage counselor, and doesn’t have the licensing or schooling to be a counselor. He saw clients at Vision Coaching and Consulting, 75 E. Fort Union Blvd.

Tenorio would speak at LDS chapels and firesides and afterward would talk to the bishop to offer his marriage-counseling services to couples.

Tenorio is the brother of Octaviano Tenorio, who is a member of the LDS Church’s First Quorum of the Seventy.”

Case #131400205
Sentenced to 365 days jail each count: 2 counts FORCIBLE SEX ABUSE – 2nd Degree Felony
PRISON TIME: 1-15 years: SUSPENDED: 1-15 years
PROBATION: 5 Years

Case # 111400044
Sentenced to 365 days jail each count: 2 counts FORCIBLE SEX ABUSE – 2nd Degree
PRISON TIME: 1-15 years: SUSPENDED: 1-15 years
PROBATION: 5 Years

3RD DIST. COURT – WEST JORDAN
SALT LAKE COUNTY, STATE OF UTAH
STATE OF UTAH vs. ARTURO TENORIO
CASE NUMBER 111400044 State Felony

CHARGES:

Charge 1 – 76-5-404 – FORCIBLE SEXUAL ABUSE – 2nd Degree Felony
Offense Date: November 03, 2010
Location: 7200 SOKUTH 75 EAST
Plea: January 24, 2013 Guilty
Disposition: January 24, 2013 Guilty

Charge 2 – 76-5-404 – FORCIBLE SEXUAL ABUSE – 2nd Degree Felony
Offense Date: November 03, 2010
Location: 7200 SOKUTH 75 EAST
Plea: August 10, 2012 Guilty
Disposition: August 10, 2012 Guilty

SENTENCE PRISON
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CASE NUMBER: 111400044 State Felony30
Based on the defendant’s conviction of FORCIBLE SEXUAL ABUSE a 2nd Degree Felony, the defendant is sentenced to an indeterminate term of not less than one year nor more than fifteen years in the Utah State Prison.
The prison term is suspended.

Based on the defendant’s conviction of FORCIBLE SEXUAL ABUSE a 2nd Degree Felony, the defendant is sentenced to an indeterminate term of not less than one year nor more than fifteen years in the Utah State Prison.
The prison term is suspended.

SENTENCE PRISON CONCURRENT/CONSECUTIVE NOTE
Court Orders Prison sentence to run consecutive to each other and consecutive to case 131400205. Prison term suspended at this time.

SENTENCE JAIL
Based on the defendant’s conviction of FORCIBLE SEXUAL ABUSE a 2nd Degree Felony, the defendant is sentenced to a term of 365 day(s)
Based on the defendant’s conviction of FORCIBLE SEXUAL ABUSE a 2nd Degree Felony, the defendant is sentenced to a term of 365 day(s)

SENTENCE JAIL CONCURRENT/CONSECUTIVE NOTE
Court Orders jail terms to run concurrent to each other and consecutive to jail terms in case 131400205.

ORDER OF PROBATION
The defendant is placed on probation for 5 year(s).
Probation is to be supervised by Adult Probation & Parole.
Defendant to serve 365 day(s) jail.
PROBATION 5 YEARS

3RD DIST. COURT – WEST JORDAN
SALT LAKE COUNTY, STATE OF UTAH
STATE OF UTAH vs. ARTURO TENORIO
CASE NUMBER 131400205 State Felony

CHARGES:

Charge 1 – 76-5-404 – FORCIBLE SEX ABUSE – 2nd Degree Felony
Offense Date: January 01, 2007
Location: SALT LAKE COUNTY
Plea: February 12, 2013 Guilty
Disposition: February 12, 2013 Guilty

Charge 2 – 76-5-404 – FORCIBLE SEXUAL ABUSE – 2nd Degree Felony
Offense Date: July 01, 2010
Location: SALT LAKE COUNTY
Plea: February 12, 2013 Guilty
Disposition: February 12, 2013 Guilty

SENTENCE PRISON
Based on the defendant’s conviction of FORCIBLE SEX ABUSE a2nd Degree Felony, the defendant is sentenced to an indeterminate term of not less than one year nor more than fifteen years in the Utah State Prison.
The prison term is suspended.

Based on the defendant’s conviction of FORCIBLE SEXUAL ABUSE a 2nd Degree Felony, the defendant is sentenced to an indeterminate term of not less than one year nor more than fifteen years in the Utah State Prison.
The prison term is suspended.

SENTENCE PRISON CONCURRENT/CONSECUTIVE NOTE
Court Orders Prison Sentence to run consecutive to each other and consecutive to case 111400044. Prison term is stayed at this time.

SENTENCE JAIL
Based on the defendant’s conviction of FORCIBLE SEX ABUSE a2nd Degree Felony, the defendant is sentenced to a term of365 day(s)
Based on the defendant’s conviction of FORCIBLE SEXUAL ABUSE a 2nd Degree Felony, the defendant is sentenced to a term of 365 day(s)
SENTENCE JAIL SERVICE NOTE
Defendant is sentenced to a term of 365 days on each count.

SENTENCE JAIL CONCURRENT/CONSECUTIVE NOTE
Court Orders jail term to run consecutive to each other
PROBATION 5 YEARS

Sources
  1. Man posing as LDS marriage counselor charged with sexual abuse
    view source details | 11 Jan 2011 | The Salt Lake Tribune
  2. Women say 'counselor' abused them, violated trust
    view source details | 23 Mar 2011 | Deseret News
  3. Fake marriage counselor headed to trial in sex abuse case
    view source details | 23 Mar 2011 | The Salt Lake Tribune
Sources excerpts
  • Man posing as LDS marriage counselor charged with sexual abuse
    Source type: News article
    Publisher: The Salt Lake Tribune
    Date published/accessed: 11 Jan 2011
    archive 1 | archive 2

    A man posing as an LDS marriage counselor has been charged with sexually abusing two of his patients in early November at his Midvale office.

    Police say a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bishop in Utah County initially referred at least two couples to Arturo Tenorio, 57, of Kearns, for marriage counseling.

    After the first few sessions, Tenorio asked the couples to come in individually. After a couple of solo sessions, police say, Tenorio inappropriately touched and talked to the women.

    Midvale police Detective Jacob Cutright said after a short time, the bishop looked deeper into Tenorio's background. When he asked Tenorio if he had certification or a license, Tenorio responded that he couldn't find the documents at the time, Cutright said. The bishop then urged the women to contact law enforcement.

    "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has zero tolerance for abuse of any kind," church spokesman Scott Trotter said. "As soon as we became aware of these allegations, we encouraged the people to report it to the police."

    Two counts of second-degree felony forcible sexual abuse against Tenorio were filed Friday in 3rd District Court in West Jordan. He was arrested Monday and booked into Salt Lake County jail. He is being held on a $500,000 cash-only bond. He will have his initial appearance Wednesday morning.

    Court documents state that Tenorio began asking one woman "graphic, sexually explicit questions unrelated to her marriage."

    He then began to fondle her over and underneath clothing, the charges state.

    Midvale police are asking other female clients of Tenorio to come forward.

    "The pattern he showed with these two women was very similar and seemed very practiced, and I would assume there are other women," Cutright said.

    The women told police that although they felt what Tenorio was doing was inappropriate, they put a lot trust in him and didn't immediately associate what he was doing as illegal.

    Cutright said after his arrest, Tenorio told police he is a "coach," not a marriage counselor, and doesn't have the licensing or schooling to be a counselor. He saw clients at Vision Coaching and Consulting, 75 E. Fort Union Blvd.

    Tenorio would speak at LDS chapels and firesides and afterward would talk to the bishop to offer his marriage-counseling services to couples.

    Tenorio is the brother of Octaviano Tenorio, who is a member of the LDS Church's First Quorum of the Seventy.

  • back to online sources list
    Women say 'counselor' abused them, violated trust
    Source type: News article
    Publisher: Deseret News
    Date published/accessed: 23 Mar 2011
    archive 1 | archive 2
  • back to online sources list
    Fake marriage counselor headed to trial in sex abuse case
    Source type: News article
    Publisher: The Salt Lake Tribune
    Date published/accessed: 23 Mar 2011
    archive 1 | archive 2

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