was a Mormon church member, school music teacher and Tabernacle Choir member; convicted in 2021 in Utah of first degree felony attempted aggravated child sexual abuse

Case Summary

Melvin Hansen was a school teacher and Mormon Tabernacle Choir member.

He was accused in Utah and Arizona. In November 2021, Hansen was convicted in Utah of attempted aggravated sexual abuse of a child.

Arizona case number: CR202200875 – that case is currently stayed of 2023-04-08.

Hansen was married in the Manti, Utah LDS temple on December 27, 1974.

He was a member of the “Motab” or Mormon Tabernacle Choir, since renamed the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, from 2008 to 2013.

Hansen taught for years as a music teacher at one or more schools in Snowflake, Arizona.

As of April 2023:

Offender Number: 252639
Offender Name: MELVIN EUGENE HANSEN
Location: SEVIER CO JAIL

from 12News:

“SNOWFLAKE, Ariz. — A former teacher from Snowflake, Arizona is now facing child sex abuse charges for allegedly assaulting a child relative nine years ago.

12 News has learned that the current charge isn’t the first time Melvin Hansen has been accused of sexually abusing a child.

Hansen is facing three charges of aggravated child sexual abuse out of Utah, where the alleged abuse of his relative is believed to have occurred.

“It’s been really hard on her, I mean she’s really become a changed person because of this,” John, the victim’s father said.

12 News is only identifying John by his first name to protect his daughter.

John said his daughter told him that Hansen, an older relative, sexually assaulted her only six months ago.

“I’m angry, I’m mad,” John said.

Hansen is a longtime, former teacher of Snowflake Unified School District.

The superintendent, Hollis J. Merrell, told 12 News that Hansen taught in the district for 27 years and retired in 2007.

“He does a great job of looking like the type of person that would never do this,” John said.

However, while Hansen was still a teacher, 12 News has learned Snowflake Taylor Police Department investigated him in 2003 and 2006.

Snowflake Taylor Police Department said Hansen is considered a person of interest in the 2006 case, which is related to child sex abuse.

However, the department said those cases were closed. Information on the victim or victims of that case was not released by the department.

“Back then, we didn’t believe it, we just thought there’s no way that man is capable of that,” John said.

The Snowflake Taylor Police Department said the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office is reopening those cases after John’s daughter’s case came to light.

John is now hoping any other potential victims will come forward.

“Your story is going to be believable now,” John said.

Hansen has been extradited from Snowflake to Utah. Records show Hansen is being held in the Salt Lake County Jail without bail.

12 News did contact Hansen’s attorney for comment but has not heard back.

John is still wanting to see Hansen held accountable, despite the time that’s passed since the alleged abuse.

“This is a pattern in his life that has gone on for decades and I don’t think he’ll stop,” John said.”

Sources
  1. Former Snowflake, AZ teacher faces child sex abuse charges for allegedly assaulting relative
    view source details | 20 May 2021 | 12News
  2. Melvin Eugene Hansen
    view source details | 8 Apr 2023 | Offender Radar
  3. LDS temple marriage of the accused in 1974
    view source details | 2 Jan 1975 | Holbrook Tribune News
  4. Marriage ID #443781
    view source details | 27 Dec 1974 | Western States Marriage Record Index
  5. Historical Member Roster - H
    view source details | 8 Apr 2023 | The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square
Sources excerpts

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.