was an LDS church member and schoolteacher in Arizona; molested a 14-year-old girl at an LDS girls camp in mid-1990; the abuse was reported to a bishop Burgess, who failed to report to police, but instead encouraged the victim to forgive, per our sources; sentenced to prison in 1999 for two counts of child sexual abuse; released in 2007

Case Summary

Rowan Ellsworth was a Mormon church member in Arizona.

Ellsworth molested a 14-year-old girl at an LDS girls camp in mid-1990.

A source told FLOODLIT that the abuse was reported to a bishop in Winslow, Arizona, with the last name Burgess. Burgess did not notify law enforcement, but instead encouraged the victim to forgive Ellsworth, according to our source.

In 1999, Ellsworth was sentenced to 10 years in prison for sexually molesting two children.

He was released in 2007.

Sources
  1. Young Couples Planning to be Married in November
    view source details | 5 Oct 1969 | Arizona Republic
  2. Rowan Joseph Ellsworth
    view source details | 17 Jan 2023 | Arizona Corrections criminal record information
  3. nephew of the accused - Anthon Taylor Ellsworth
    view source details | 1 Apr 2024 | FLOODLIT
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