was an LDS church member in the Holmes Lake Ward, Lincoln Nebraska Stake; convicted in 2002 of attempted 1st degree sexual assault of a minor; the abuse took place before Deaton joined the LDS church; subsequently called as counselor in a YSA ward bishopric

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Randall Deaton was convicted in 2002 of two counts of attempted 1st degree sexual assault of a minor.

Deaton wasn’t an LDS church member at the time of conviction, but his family was. He allegedly converted to Mormonism in prison shortly after failing his first parole hearing.

Deaton was called into a local YSA (young single adults) ward bishopric in summer 2020 before some local LDS members protested and he was released. Allegedly, local church leaders had obtained First Presidency approval to call him to the bishopric in the first place. He was subsequently called as stake presidency secretary. When a new stake presidency was called, Deaton was released a few months later.

Allegedly, before Deaton’s YSA bishopric calling, he and his wife led a local LDS church-run addiction recovery group for years.

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