was an LDS church member in California; sentenced to 24 years in prison for raping a five-year-old girl

Case Summary

George F. Willoughby “second trial for various sexual offenses committed upon a five-year-old girl, was convicted of sodomy, lewd and lascivious conduct, and rape…. At that trial, the trial court admitted the testimony of another child that several years earlier, defendant committed an uncharged sexual offense upon her.” Willoughby testifies “that as an elder in the Mormon Church, he considered child molesting as morally reprehensible as murder.”

“A number of character witnesses affirmed their belief in appellant’s (Willoughby’s) honesty, integrity and dedication to the church and its principles. They found nothing in appellant’s character to suggest he had the propensity to molest children.” Willoughby “was sentenced to the aggravated term of eight years on each count, to run consecutive and full term to each other, for a total of twenty-four years.”

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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.