was an LDS church member and private investigator in Benson, Cache Valley, Utah; accused of sexual abuse; allegations of his abuse were reportedly known to three LDS bishops and stake president Jerry Toombs (his older brother), who never reported it to police

Case Summary

01/01/1991 – Logan, Utah

LDS Jay Toombs “of Benson, Utah. Toombs faces three counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child for fondling a 10-year-old boy in 1993 and 1994.

This case did not go to trial because the Statute of Limitations had expired. The mother, who is not being identified in order to protect her son’s identity, says she spoke of Toombs’ misbehavior with boys from 1991 through 1999 with Cooper, two LDS bishops and Toombs’ family, including his brother, an LDS stake president.

“I was always told to be patient with Jay, he was a good man. That’s what 1 was told again and again and again. I was even given priesthood blessings that I had been chosen to help him,” she says.

The bishops were inclined each time to tell police, the woman says, but later told her they had checked with church officials and learned they did not have to report Toombs as long as he was repentant and getting professional help.”

Toombs allegedly sexually abused at least 11 children between the late 1970s and his arrest in 2000.

Toombs was an LDS scoutmaster for a time and also taught clogging dance classes.


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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.