was an LDS Social Services counselor in Utah who worked for 12 years with child sexual abuse victims; convicted in 1999 of sexually abusing a girl; released from jail after serving about 40 days

Case Summary

David Novak was a Mormon church member who worked for LDS Social Services as a counselor for child sex abuse victims.

He sexually abused a girl from when she was 11 years old to when she was 13.

He was sentenced to jail, and released after serving about 40 days.

“I will make sure that I will never, ever harm anyone again,” he told the judge.

 


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Sources
  1. Former LDS social worker is released from jail
    view source details | 11 Apr 2000 | Davis County Clipper
  2. Former counselor is accused of sexually abusing girl
    view source details | 6 Jan 1999 | Deseret News
  3. Judge allows ex-LDS therapist to leave jail Novak promises no further harm, will get counseling
    view source details | 7 Apr 2000 | Deseret News
  4. W. Bountiful social worker admits to sexually abusing 13-year-old girl
    view source details | 24 Dec 1999 | Deseret News
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  • Former LDS social worker is released from jail
    Source type: News article
    Publisher: Davis County Clipper
    Date published/accessed: 11 Apr 2000
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    FARMINGTON (AP) - A former social worker who was employed by the Mormon church has been released from jail after serving about 40 days for sexually abusing a child.

    A judge granted David Novak's request for release on Tuesday.

    "The experience being here haas been the hardest experience in my life," Novak told 2nd District Judge Jon Memmott.

    "I will make sure that I will never, ever harm anyone again."

    Memmott placed Novak under the supervision of the sex offender unit of Adult Probation and Parole.

    Novak pleaded guilty in December to forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony, for assaulting a 13-year-old girl. He was sentenced to one year in jail and three years probation at a Feb 16 hearing.

    "I just don't think jail is going to serve any purpose here," his attorney John Walsh told the court.

    Novak must complete an intensive sex offender treatment program.

    "I want, more than anything to change," Novak told the court.

    "Therapists sometimes need therapy."

    He was a counselor of child sex abuse victims for LDS Social Services.

    Novak surrendered his license as a clinical social worker to the Utah Department of Occupational and Professional Licensing on March 7. He cannot reapply for five years.

    Novak also has been excommunicated from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which Walsh said "he dearly loved and which he admitted he shamed."

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    Former counselor is accused of sexually abusing girl
    Source type: News article
    Publisher: Deseret News
    Date published/accessed: 6 Jan 1999
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    Judge allows ex-LDS therapist to leave jail Novak promises no further harm, will get counseling
    Source type: News article
    Publisher: Deseret News
    Date published/accessed: 7 Apr 2000
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    W. Bountiful social worker admits to sexually abusing 13-year-old girl
    Source type: News article
    Publisher: Deseret News
    Date published/accessed: 24 Dec 1999
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