was an LDS church member in California; in 1987, was found guilty of sexual abuse of a child and was sentenced to six years in prison; was assigned to multiple trusted church positions, including Sunday school president, despite the Mormon church being aware that he had raped a teenager; LDS leaders were accused of hiding his abuse from local church members; as of 2024, lives in Grapevine, Texas
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  • 1943
  • Born
  • 1980-85
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  • sexually abuses multiple children
  • 1985 Sep 9
  • Connecticut Connecticut
  • Convicted
  • of indecent exposure
  • 1987
  • California California
  • Found guilty
  • of sexual abuse of a child
  • 1987
  • California California
  • Sentenced
  • to 6 years in prison
  • 2024
  • Texas Texas
  • Registered sex offender
  • in Grapevine, Texas
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Case Summary

Terry Allen was a serial child sexual predator who lived in California, Connecticut and Texas.

On 1985-09-09, after moving away from Simi Valley, California, Allen was convicted of indecent exposure in Danbury, Connecticut.

In 1987, Allen was found guilty of sexual abuse of a child and was sentenced to six years in prison.

Allen spent about three years in prison.

The local Mormon church was publicly accused of being actively engaged in a coverup of the Terry Allen sex abuse case.

He was appointed as multiple trusted positions, including Sunday School President, after the Mormon church became aware that he had raped a teenager.

Later, according to one of Allen’s victims who communicated with FLOODLIT about this case, the LDS church knew Allen had at least exposed his genitals and “played naked games” with multiple children in his LDS ward, and he was called still called to high priest group leader, stake high council, home teacher, stake public communications director. Allen held these callings prior to his prison sentence, according to the victim.

According to one of his victims, the ward members were not told of Allen’s conviction for child sex abuse.

He was excommunicated after a victim went to the police.

He was later re-baptized into the Mormon church.

Court documents and newspaper articles suggest there may have been multiple LDS victims.

Two of Allen’s alleged victims later died by suicide.

Sources
  1. Terry George Allen
    view source details | 17 Jan 2023 | The Texas Public Sex Offender Website
  2. REEL-LIFE DRAMA
    view source details | 1 Mar 1987 | Los Angeles Times
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  • Terry George Allen
    Source type: News article
    Publisher: The Texas Public Sex Offender Website
    Date published/accessed: 17 Jan 2023
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    Offense: INDECENCY W/CHILD SEXUAL CONTACT
    Statute CALIFORNIA PENAL CODE
    Victim Sex Female
    Victim Age 13
    Disposition Date 01/22/1987
    JUDGMENT 3Y DISCHARGED FROM NOT REPORTED / UNKNOWN

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    REEL-LIFE DRAMA
    Source type: News article
    Publisher: Los Angeles Times
    Date published/accessed: 1 Mar 1987
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    When “One Terrific Guy,” a CBS movie with Wayne Rogers as a coach who molests a high school girl, aired a year ago, “one of the things that kind of upset us was that a number of critics said it was exaggerated,” said Mike Merrick, who co-produced with Joe Siegman. Now the producers feel vindicated: The film played a direct role in the conviction of a man for a similar crime.

    David Jennings, who prosecuted the case, said that Terry George Allen, 43, described as an IBM executive who had been active in the local Mormon church, was sentenced Tuesday in Ventura County Superior Court to six years in prison for molesting his niece in 1982 when she was 13.

    Jennings said that “One Terrific Guy” was a catalyst in helping the girl recall her ordeal. The film portrayed a victim doubted and ostracized by friends and family because no one could believe the popular suspect could be guilty of sexual abuse. In the real-life courtroom, according to Jennings, Allen acknowledged that he had molested his niece.

    “It’s very typical for young people not to remember that this has happened to them until something triggers their memory,” Jennings said. “In this case, the show helped unlock her memory and get everything moving.”

Mormon Sexual Abuse Map

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