was a Mormon church member and former stake presidency member in Utah; accused of sexual abuse in 2022 after allegedly groping women in a Logan grocery store; pleaded guilty in December 2022

Case Summary

Mark Porter was an LDS church member and former Mormon stake presidency counselor who was arrested and charged with sex crimes in Utah in 2022.

Married in the Logan Utah LDS temple in 1965.

Excommunicated for teaching false doctrine.

Divorced in 2018.

He was a returned missionary from the Central Atlantic States.

from Cache Valley Daily:

“Mark Chadwick Porter booking photo from the Cache County Jail.

LOGAN — An 80-year-old transient man has confessed to groping several women at a Logan grocery store last December. Mark Chadwick Porter waived his rights to a preliminary hearing and fair trial, accepting a plea deal that could keep him in jail for up to two years.

According to court records, Porter was in 1st District Court for a preliminary hearing Monday afternoon. He waived his rights and pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual battery, amended to a class A misdemeanor.

Porter was arrested after Logan City Police officers responded to the grocery store, on report of two women being assaulted by an elderly man.

The mother and teenage daughter explained how they were shopping, when Porter approached them and asked if he could give them a hug. The man said he was lonely and missed his family.

The women told police, they agreed to allow Porter to hug them. He then continued to keep talking to the women and asked for additional hugs.

The next time, the women said Porter grabbed and squeezed their breasts. He then showed them a metal rod and told them he used it to determine what god wanted him to do.

During these contacts the women were able to take a photograph of Porter, capturing his attire minus his face. They reported the incidents to store employees, who called police.

When officers arrived, Porter was gone.

The next day, store employees called police again when Porter returned. He was arrested in the parking lot getting into his vehicle. He was dressed in the same clothes observed in the photograph the women had taken but refused to answer any questions.

During Monday’s hearing, Porter was ordered to remain in jail and complete a presentence report, compiled by probation agents, about his criminal history. He was scheduled to be sentenced April 25.”

Sources
  1. New Stake Presidents Called to Serve
    view source details | 7 Jul 2014 | LDS Church News
  2. Man arrested and charged with allegedly groping women in Logan grocery store
    view source details | 16 Dec 2022 | Cache Valley Daily
  3. Man pleads guilty to groping mother and daughter inside Logan grocery store
    view source details | 8 Mar 2023 | Cache Valley Daily
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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.