was a Mormon church member in Utah; accused of child sexual abuse; pleaded guilty in 2020 to three second degree felony charges of aggravated child sexual abuse; sentenced to prison in 2020

Case Summary

Allan Cook was an LDS church member who was married in the Provo, Utah Mormon temple in 1980.

Cook graduated from Ogden High School in the 1960s.

He served a full-time LDS mission to the Germany South mission.

Cook received a bachelor’s degree from Utah State University in the 1970s. In 1980, he received a master’s degree in education from Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo.

He was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi fraternity at BYU.

He was an employee in the Jordan School District at the time of his marriage in 1980.

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Allan Cook sexual abuse case: letters of support

From a letter to the judge in April 2020 by the victim’s parents, who described Cook as a “central figure” in their daughter’s life:

“Allan [Cook] has been our go-to babysitter for the past 6 years and our saving grace. […] When [Cook] does get released from jail, we have a very specific safety plan in place for all of our children:
• An adult will be present in the same room with [Cook] at all times the children are around.
• No sleep overs in the home – even if another adult is present
• Quarterly family therapy/counseling sessions to process all feelings of children
• Continued regular discussions with our children about body safety”

From a letter to the judge in April 2020 by a relative of Cook:

“[When] we discovered there was a problem with Allan […] We knew there was cause for concern regarding the extent of the problem and the impact on the [potential victims]. […] Boundaries were put in place immediately to protect the children in every way.

“[…] Three days following the [discovery], we had a [group] discussion […] to get answers from Allan and to determine the next step. Everyone had an opportunity to express their feelings of anger, frustration and disappointment. Although it was embarrassing and difficult for him to answer piercing questions, he was open and honest. The information given by the [potential victims] and the information Allan gave was similar. We were supportive of getting therapy for the [potential victims], if needed, and therapy for Allan without question. We knew [redacted] and [redacted] would be talking to their Bishop for direction and knew that Allan would talk to his. The course that followed was not one that the family wanted or expected. We knew that DCFS would become involved; however, we were naïve in our thought that we would have the opportunity for helpful […] counseling. The experience was quite the opposite. The family was shocked and devasted [sic] when we discovered, through letters from attorneys offering their services, that there were four first degree felony counts against Allan. What we felt had happened, though serious, was nothing that warranted a felony charge.

“While the [potential victims] have been physically protected during this time of separation from Allan, they have not been protected from the emotional challenges that have come with that. I want to protect my family from the false notion that separating yourself from a family or family member that loves, supports and works together to solve the problem is a good idea. I recognize there are situations that are toxic with irreconcilable problems when a separation may be necessary – this is not one of those. I believe we can save this family by providing support to every member, including Allan. This situation has impacted all of us in different ways, and the support needed has been different for each one.

“[…] We are a loving and forgiving family, but we understand that Allan needs some additional help. Allan is a good man that makes positive contributions to his family, community and church. He has a character flaw that needs to be addressed and understood. The time he has served in jail has given the family an opportunity to evaluate our feelings, participate in counseling where needed, observe the needs of the children, and make decisions on how to move forward. There is no additional benefit that will come from extended jail time for any of us.

The most effective ways to protect the children long term are:
1. To enroll Allan in a Sex Offender Treatment Program sanctioned by the Department of Corrections outside of the prison system. We are aware of the wait time if he stays in the system. Allan is 71 years old and needs to be involved in the program as soon as possible.
2. To avoid any situation where the [potential victims] would be alone with Allan. There will always be another adult present.
3. To avoid jail time beyond one year”

From a letter to the judge in April 2020 by the parents of other potential victims of Cook:

“As soon as we found out that something seriously wrong had happened between Allan [Cook] and our children, [redacted] and I acted immediately. We sought counsel from our local church leader.”

“[…] Within three days of learning what had happened with [Allan Cook] and the [potential victims], we had a huge family counsel. We discussed boundaries that needed to be put into place. Allan was asked very pointed and difficult questions. He was asked about his sexual history, if he knew what his triggers were, and what exactly happened between him and the children. If clarification was needed, the question was asked again. As a family we knew that [Cook] needed serious therapy, and treatment. We were on top of what needed to happen so that we could avoid another tragedy.”

“[…] Allan has spent his entire life serving those around him. […] Allan is the type of man that is there when you need that extra help. We recognize that Allan has a serious flaw. We believe with the right professional help and family support he can overcome his challenges and continue to be an active part of our family. Life will never be the same again for us, things will change, but we do believe that Allan can and will learn from this experience and emerge a better man.”

In 2022, Cook was reported to the judge as being in violation of probation.

Sources

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  2. wedding announcement of the accused
    view source details | 6 Mar 1980 | Jordan Valley Sentinel
  3. Details For Marriage ID#735943
    view source details | 16 Apr 2023 | Western States Marriage Records Index
  4. probation progress/violation report
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    wedding announcement of the accused
    Source type: News article
    Publisher: Jordan Valley Sentinel
    Date published/accessed: 6 Mar 1980
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    Details For Marriage ID#735943
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    Publisher: Western States Marriage Records Index
    Date published/accessed: 16 Apr 2023
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    probation progress/violation report
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    TO: 3RD DISTRICT - WEST JORDAN SALT LAKE COUNTY, UTAH
    ATTN: JUDGE WILLIAM KENDALL FROM: CENTRAL VALLEY OFFICE DATE: 06/08/2022
    STATE OF UTAH
    ADULT PROBATION AND PAROLE
    PROTECTED PROGRESS/VIOLATION REPORT
    URGENT 72 HOUR HOLD
    REGARDING: COOK, ALLAN COLMAN
    CASE #: 191404328
    OFFENDER #: 248904
    ADDRESS: 2421 W 6900 S,
    WEST JORDAN UT 84084-2128
    PROBATION DATE: 11/30/2020
    EARNED COMPLIANCE DATE: 12/10/2022
    LEGISLATIVE DATE: 11/29/2024
    EARLY TERMINATION REVIEW DATE: 11/29/2022 SUBJECT: WARRANT REQUEST ON PROBATION VIOLATION
    EMAIL: No email address provided
    DEFENSE ATTY: KEITH L. STONEY
    ACTIVE OFFENSES
    Case Number
    Counts
    Offense
    Degree
    191404328
    1
    AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ABUSE OF A CHILD (FT) (SO)
    SECOND DEGREE FELONY
    191404328
    1
    AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ABUSE OF A CHILD (FT) (SO)
    SECOND DEGREE FELONY
    191404328
    1
    AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ABUSE OF A CHILD (FT) (SO)
    SECOND DEGREE FELONY
    RISK NEED ASSESSMENT CATEGORY LOW - 06/06/2022
    RISK CHANGE 60% from 11/22/2021
    Section
    Description
    CRIMINAL HISTORY
    LOW
    COMPANIONS
    LOW
    PROCRIMINAL ATTITUDE/ORIENTATION
    HIGH
    ANTISOCIAL PATTERN
    MEDIUM
    EDUCATION/EMPLOYMENT
    LOW
    FAMILY/MARITAL
    MEDIUM
    LEISURE/RECREATION
    LOW
    ALCOHOL/DRUG PROBLEMS
    LOW
    SUPERVISION CONDITIONS:

    RE: COOK, ALLAN COLMAN OFFENDER #: 248904 2
    On 11/30/2020, ALLAN COLMAN COOK was placed on probation with standard conditions and the following special conditions:
    CONDITION
    1. Statutory fines suspended.
    2. Serve 246 days in the Salt Lake County Jail. Credit is granted for 246 day(s) previously served.
    3. Report to AP&P within two (2) business days of today's hearing or upon release from jail.
    4. Enter into and complete any treatment recommended by AP&P.
    5. Pay restitution.
    6. Internet restrictions ordered.
    7. No contact with the victims or the victims' family unless approved by AP&P.
    8. Notify the court of any address change.
    9. Participate in family/marital counseling as directed by AP&P.
    COMPLY WITH SEX OFFENDER A SPECIAL GROUP CONDITIONS
    ALLEGED VIOLATIONS:
    END DATE
    1. By having failed to be cooperative, compliant and truthful in all dealings with Adult Probation and Parole, on or about 06/06/2022, in violation of a standard condition of the Probation Agreement.
    Probable Cause: On 06/06/2022, at approximately 0930 hours, Mr Allan Cook reported to the offices of Adult Probation and Parole as directed. When questioned about attending a wedding reception over the Memorial Day weekend without prior approval, he was less than truthful in his responses to his behaviors and actions at the wedding reception.
    Mr Cook did not volunteer any information to AP&P until after he was questioned about his attendance.
    2. By having entered a place where children congregate, on or about 05/27/2022, in violation of condition F of the Group A Sex Offender Agreement.
    Probable Cause: On 05/27/2022, at approximately 1900 hours, Mr Allan Cook attended a wedding reception in Cedar Hills, UT without prior written authorization of AP&P. This wedding reception included minor children. Mr Cook did not ask for approval to attend nor submit a formal activity request. Mr Cook knows the process by which to attend events that include children, this is completed by filling out an activity request that is approved by both his therapist and the AP&P Agent. Mr Cook has completed multiple activity requests over the past year to include having contact with children and past victims as part of the reunification process.
    Mr Cook was photographed as he waited to get his food at the buffet line and appears to be looking at a toddler/preschool age female.
    On 06/06/2022, after being questioned about the incident, Mr Cook then admitted to AP&P he went to the wedding reception however minimized his involvement during the event and his behaviors after being present with children without prior approval.
    RESPONSE:
    Request Court/BOPP Warrant & Hearing (1st Revocation)
    COMMENTS:
    RIM HISTORY LISTING
    Date
    ID
    Status
    Type
    Condition Description
    AP&P Response
    05/16/2022
    99159
    Agent Approved
    Accomplishment
    REPORTING
    Verbal Recognition L1
    04/14/2022
    98057
    Agent Approved
    Accomplishment
    CONTACT
    Verbal Recognition L1
    03/15/2022
    97010
    Agent Approved
    Accomplishment
    CONTACT
    Positive Reports L1
    02/14/2022
    95840
    Agent Approved
    Accomplishment
    REPORTING
    Verbal Recognition L1

    RE: COOK, ALLAN COLMAN OFFENDER #: 248904 3
    RIM HISTORY LISTING
    Date
    ID
    Status
    Type
    Condition Description
    AP&P Response
    11/22/2021
    93090
    Agent Approved
    Accomplishment
    CONTACT
    Verbal Recognition L1
    10/27/2021
    92730
    Agent Approved
    Accomplishment
    REPORTING
    Verbal Recognition L1
    08/26/2021
    90174
    Agent Approved
    Accomplishment
    REPORTING
    Verbal Recognition L1
    07/21/2021
    89013
    Agent Approved
    Accomplishment
    REPORTING
    Verbal Recognition L1
    05/17/2021
    86657
    Agent Approved
    Accomplishment
    CONTACT
    Verbal Recognition L1
    02/08/2021
    83073
    Agent Approved
    Accomplishment
    REPORTING
    Verbal Recognition L1
    01/11/2021
    81864
    Agent Approved
    Accomplishment
    REPORTING
    Verbal Recognition L1
    12/10/2020
    80715
    Agent Approved
    Accomplishment
    REPORTING
    Verbal Recognition L1
    TREATMENT PROGRESS
    Program Type
    Provider
    Start Date
    End Date
    Outcome
    SO TX - OUTPATIENT
    SUNCREST COUNSELING
    12/15/2020
    TREATMENT PROGRESS COMMENTS:
    06/07/2022 - Mr Cook is currently attending his ordered sex offense treatment through Suncrest Counseling. Mr Cook has essentially completed his required treatment homework, however he continues to attend what is called continued care to continue to work on various skills identified by his therapist, mainly related to his emotional progress. Mr Cook is still attending both individual and group therapy sessions.
    On 06/06/2022, an updated sexual specific risk assessment was conducted via the Sex Offender Treatment Intervention and Progress Scale (SOTIPS), which is a 16-item statistically-derived dynamic measure designed to aid clinicians, correctional caseworkers, and probation and parole officers in assessing risk, treatment and supervision needs, and progress among adult male sex offenders.
    Mr Cook scored as a moderate risk on this measure compared to others with similar scores and shows the highest risk in the following categories: criminality, stage of change, treatment and supervision cooperation, impulsivity, problem solving, and emotion management. When combining both the VASOR-2 (static) and SOTIPS (dynamic) scores, Mr Cook scores in the Low risk/need range.
    LIVING SITUATION COMMENTS:
    06/07/2022 - Mr Cook lives with is wife in a single family home and is appropriate.
    EMPLOYMENT/NON-EMPLOYMENT
    Employer/ Non-Employer
    Wage/ Salary
    Start Date
    End Date
    Length
    Job Title
    Reason
    For Leaving
    SOCIAL SECURITY SSI/SSD
    0.00
    12/03/2020
    1 Yr 6 Mos 7 Days

    RE: COOK, ALLAN COLMAN OFFENDER #: 248904 4
    EMPLOYMENT/NON-EMPLOYMENT COMMENTS:
    06/07/2022 - Mr Cook is retired and currently not employed.
    FINANCIAL SUMMARY
    Obligation Type
    Case Number
    Amount Ordered
    Total Amt Paid
    Accured Interest
    Balance
    No Financial Data Available
    LAST PAYMENT DATE: 03/13/2022 # PAYMENTS LAST 90 DAYS: 1
    FINANCIAL SUMMARY COMMENTS:
    06/07/2022 - Mr Cook has a credit balance of $190 and has made payments every 4-6 months.
    PROBATION OVERVIEW:
    06/07/2022 - Mr Cook has been on supervised probation with Adult Probation and Parole for about one and a half years. He started attending his sex offense treatment with Suncrest Counseling within one month and has been attending as required individual and group sessions every week. He submitted to a sexual history polygraph as well as other testing measures to determine the best course for his treatment needs.
    AP&P is concerned that Mr Cook's wife went through the appropriate channels and steps to become an approved supervisor for activity requests when there are minors present, yet she allowed Mr Cook to attend an event with children in attendance without prior
    approval. Mr Cook is also aware of the processes and steps for approved events that include minors, via activity requests, and he choose to make his own decisions and disregard the rules in place designed to protect the community. AP&P is also concerned that Mr Cook is behaving in this manner despite having completed over 1.5 years of sex offense specific treatment.
    Mr Cook has shown a willful non-compliance of his probation conditions while also not being truthful to AP&P for an unknown amount of time. Despite Mr Cook being able to describe his risk factors linked to his sexual offending, his willingness to attend events without AP&P's knowledge or prior approval of both his treatment provider and probation officer demonstrates poor use of risk management strategies and presents a higher risk of sexual reoffense.
    Since the start of Mr Cook's probation, he has assured his probation officer multiple times that he will obey all of the rules and regulations. He presents well albeit with a flat affect and these behaviors are concerning. On the surface he appears to be doing everything correctly and abiding by the rules, showing up to all of his treatment and AP&P appointments on time, updating the registry as required, maintaining a stable address, going through the appropriate steps for approved contact with children, etc. Mr Cook's actions and behaviors, though, appear to be speaking louder than his words.
    It is for these reasons above that AP&P's recommendation is outside of the Sentencing Commission guidelines for a first probation violation.
    RECOMMENDATION:
    Adult Probation & Parole respectfully recommends the Court issue an arrest warrant and schedule an order to show cause hearing at its earliest convenience.

    RE: COOK, ALLAN COLMAN OFFENDER #: 248904 5
    OSC RECOMMENDATION:
    06/07/2022 - If Mr Cook is found to be in violation of his probation, Adult Probation and Parole respectfully recommends the Court impose a 90 day jail sanction.
    ANDREW WALKER 06/07/2022 CHARLES CHAPPELL 06/08/2022
    ANDREW WALKER, PROBATION AGENT CHARLES CHAPPELL, SUPERVISOR
    APPROVED AND ORDERED: _________________________________________________
    DENIED: ____________________________________________________________________
    STATEMENT OF NOTIFICATION
    This document was emailed to the following:
    cc:// KEITH L. STONEY cc:// BRIAN J WILLIAMS
    DATE: ___6_/9__/2_0__2_2____________________________________________________________ Issue no bail warrant, NO OCR.
    COMMENTS: _______________________________________________________________ RECEIVED AND ACKNOWLEDGED: __________________________________________

    RE: COOK, ALLAN COLMAN OFFENDER #: 248904 6
    IN THE 3RD DISTRICT - WEST JORDAN COURT OF SALT LAKE COUNTY IN AND FOR THE STATE OF UTAH
    STATE OF UTAH
    VS
    COOK, ALLAN COLMAN
    STATE OF UTAH
    COUNTY OF SALT LAKE
    Plaintiff,
    Defendant,
    : DECLARATION IN SUPPORT OF
    : WARRANT REQUEST ON PROBATION VIOLATION : AND ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE
    : COURT CASE #: 191404328
    : JUDGE: WILLIAM KENDALL
    : DEF ATTY: KEITH L. STONEY
    ) ):ss ):
    ANDREW WALKER, declares that they are a Probation Officer for the Utah State Department of Corrections; that on the 8th day of October, 2020, the above-named defendant was adjudged guilty of the crime of 1 Ct(s) AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ABUSE OF A CHILD (FT) (SO) , SECOND DEGREE FELONY, 1 Ct(s) AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ABUSE OF A CHILD (FT) (SO) , SECOND DEGREE FELONY, 1 Ct(s) AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ABUSE OF A CHILD (FT) (SO) , SECOND DEGREE FELONY in the above-entitled Court and on the 11/30/2020, was sentenced to serve a term of 1 to 15 years in the Utah State Prison; that the execution of the imposed sentence was stayed and the defendant was placed on probation under the supervision of the Department of Corrections; that the above-entitled defendant did violate the terms and conditions of the defendant's probation as follows, to wit:
    ALLEGED VIOLATIONS:
    1. By having failed to be cooperative, compliant and truthful in all dealings with Adult Probation and Parole, on or about 06/06/2022, in violation of a standard condition of the Probation Agreement.
    Probable Cause: On 06/06/2022, at approximately 0930 hours, Mr Allan Cook reported to the offices of Adult Probation and Parole as directed. When questioned about attending a wedding reception over the Memorial Day weekend without prior approval, he was less than truthful in his responses to his behaviors and actions at the wedding reception.
    Mr Cook did not volunteer any information to AP&P until after he was questioned about his attendance.
    2. By having entered a place where children congregate, on or about 05/27/2022, in violation of condition F of the Group A Sex Offender Agreement.
    Probable Cause: On 05/27/2022, at approximately 1900 hours, Mr Allan Cook attended a wedding reception in Cedar Hills, UT without prior written authorization of AP&P. This wedding reception included minor children. Mr Cook did not ask for approval to attend nor submit a formal activity request. Mr Cook knows the process by which to attend events that include children, this is completed by filling out an activity request that is approved by both his therapist and the AP&P Agent. Mr Cook has completed multiple activity requests over the past year to include having contact with children and past victims as part of the reunification process.
    Mr Cook was photographed as he waited to get his food at the buffet line and appears to be looking at a toddler/preschool age

    RE: COOK, ALLAN COLMAN OFFENDER #: 248904 7
    female.
    On 06/06/2022, after being questioned about the incident, Mr Cook then admitted to AP&P he went to the wedding reception however minimized his involvement during the event and his behaviors after being present with children without prior approval.
    RESPONSE:
    Request Court/BOPP Warrant & Hearing (1st Revocation)
    COMMENTS:

    RE: COOK, ALLAN COLMAN OFFENDER #: 248904 8
    WHEREFORE, your declarant prays that an Order from the Court issue directing and requiring the above-named defendant to be and appear before said Court to show cause, if any he/she has, why the aforesaid period of probation should not be revoked, and why said defendant should not be forthwith committed to the Utah State Prison.
    I declare under criminal penalty under the law of Utah that the foregoing is true and correct. Signed on the 8 day of June, 2022 at CENTRAL VALLEY OFFICE Utah.
    ANDREW WALKER
    ANDREW WALKER, PROBATION OFFICER

    RE: COOK, ALLAN COLMAN OFFENDER #: 248904 9
    IN THE 3RD DISTRICT - WEST JORDAN COURT OF SALT LAKE COUNTY IN AND FOR THE STATE OF UTAH
    STATE OF UTAH :
    VS
    COOK, ALLAN COLMAN
    Plaintiff,
    Defendant,
    : WARRANT REQUEST ON PROBATION VIOLATION : AND ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE
    : COURT CASE #: 191404328
    : JUDGE: WILLIAM KENDALL
    : DEF ATTY: KEITH L. STONEY
    UPON A READING of the Declaration in Support of Order to Show Cause, the Court finds probable cause to believe that the defendant in this matter has violated the terms and conditions of their probation as set forth in the Declaration, and that revocation or modification of defendant's probation is justified.
    IT IS ORDERED that the defendant appear before the Honorable WILLIAM KENDALL, Judge of the above-entitled Court, at the Judge's courtroom in ____________________, Utah, on the ______ day of _____________, 20_____, at the hour of _______, then and there to show cause why probation of said defendant should not be revoked or modified by the Court based upon the allegations contained in the Declaration on file with the Court.

    RE: COOK, ALLAN COLMAN OFFENDER #: 248904 10
    The defendant has a right to be represented by counsel at the above-described hearing and to have appointed to represent the defendant if the defendant is indigent. The defendant also has a right to present evidence as provided in the Utah Rules of Civil Procedure.
    DATED THIS _______ day of ______________, 20_____.
    BY THE COURT
    WILLIAM KENDALL, JUDGE
    CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE
    I hereby certify that this Order to Show Cause and Declaration in support thereof, was personally served upon the defendant at _____________________________, by showing the original and informing the defendant of its contents, and delivering a copy on the _______ day of ______________, 20____; additional copies were delivered to _____________________ counsel for the defendant, on the ______ day of ____________________ 20_____.
    ANDREW WALKER, PROBATION OFFICER

    RE: COOK, ALLAN COLMAN OFFENDER #: 248904 11
    Offender No.: Name: Birthdate: Address:
    Case Number:
    Recipient: Address:
    Case Number:
    Recipient: Address:
    Dist. Code: Pros. Code:
    Recipient:
    248904
    COOK, ALLAN COLMAN 09/18/1948
    2421 W 6900 S
    WEST JORDAN UT 84084-2128
    Total Money Disbursed: Last Receipt:
    OSDC CIVIL JUDGMENT AUDIT REPORT
    06/07/2022
    Page 1/1 awalker1
    $640.00 03/13/2022
    Bal. Due
    Court Cases and Obligations
    Cases With No Detail / Victim Information Date Ordered Curr. Ordered Curr. Int. Owed
    Cases With Detail / Victim Information
    Monthly Obligations
    Date Ordered Curr. Ordered Curr. Int. Owed
    Paid/Adjust.
    Paid/Adjust.
    Bal. Due
    This record is classified as Private under GRAMA. The recipient of this record is also bound by the restrictions on Private records outlined in Utah Code Ann. 63G-2-101 et al.

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