was a Mormon church member in Ogden, Utah; pleaded guilty to child sexual abuse

Case Summary

LDS Matthew Todd Wallis, “of Ogden, Utah was extradited to Plaquemines Parish, where he pleaded guilty to oral sexual battery on a 4 year old child.”

“Wallis was 15 or 16 years old at the time he perpetrated the abuse. The crime, which occurred between 1999 and 2000, was covered up by the then-teenager’s parents and also possibly by a bishop in Harvey at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, according to the Plaquemines Sheriff’s Office. (Courtesy of Plaquemines Sheriff’s Office)”

“The victim reported the crime to Plaquemines authorities in May 2014 and Wallis was arrested at his Utah home in September.Witnesses told police last year that Wallis had videotaped one of his sexual crimes, and that the tape had been brought to his mother’s attention. Wallis’s mother had chastised those who found it and later had told a family member that she burned the tape to destroy the evidence and “make this all just go away,” according to the Sheriff’s Office.”

“Around the same period in which Wallis abused the girl, between 1999 and 2000, a second victim reported to a bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Harvey that she had been assaulted by Wallis, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities said Wallis later met with that bishop possibly to “confess his sins” and go through a “repentance program.” One of the bishops at the church during that period acknowledged knowing the Wallis family, but he told investigators that he did not remember being told about any sexual abuse committed by Wallis, the Sheriff’s Office said.”
By Benjamin Alexander-Bloch, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Email the author | updated January 29, 2015 at 12:02 PM

06/29/99 Plaquemines

Parish,
Louisiana

LDS Matthew Todd Wallis, “of Ogden, Utah was extradited to Plaquemines Parish, where
he pleaded guilty to oral sexual battery on a 4 year old child.”

“Wallis was 15 or 16 years old at the time he perpetrated the abuse. The crime, which
occurred between 1999 and 2000, was covered up by the then-teenager’s parents and also
possibly by a bishop in Harvey at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, according
to the Plaquemines Sheriff’s Office. (Courtesy of Plaquemines Sheriff’s Office)”

“The victim reported the crime to Plaquemines authorities in May 2014 and Wallis was
arrested at his Utah home in September.Witnesses told police last year that Wallis had
videotaped one of his sexual crimes, and that the tape had been brought to his mother’s
attention. Wallis’s mother had chastised those who found it and later had told a family
member that she burned the tape to destroy the evidence and “make this all just go away,”
according to the Sheriff’s Office.”

“Around the same period in which Wallis abused the girl, between 1999 and 2000, a
second victim reported to a bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in
Harvey that she had been assaulted by Wallis, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities said Wallis later met with that bishop possibly to “confess his sins” and go
through a “repentance program.” One of the bishops at the church during that period
acknowledged knowing the Wallis family, but he told investigators that he did not remember
being told about any sexual abuse committed by Wallis, the Sheriff’s Office said.”

By Benjamin Alexander-Bloch, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Email the author |
updated January 29, 2015 at 12:02 PM

Mormon Sexual Abuse Map

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