was an LDS church member and chief information officer (CIO) of Central Valley Medical Center in Nephi, Utah; accused in 2023 of child sexual exploitation; pleaded guilty in February 2024 to two felony counts of sexual exploitation of a minor; in April 2024, sentenced to two consecutive terms of one to 15 years in prison

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Ken Richens was an LDS church member and chief information officer (CIO) of Central Valley Medical Center (CVMC) in Nephi, Utah.

He also worked for a time as vice president (VP) of Rural Health Management Corporation (RHMC).

Richens pleaded guilty to two felony counts of child sexual exploitation on Feb. 6, 2024.

Eight other felony charges were dismissed as part of a plea deal.

In April 2024, Richens was sentenced in Utah to two consecutive terms of one to 15 years in prison.

Richens was the owner of “an international charity organization that provides educational support for children in Cambodia and the Philippines,” according to charging documents.

Prosecutors said his work in the charity would “bring him into contact with children particularly susceptible to sexual abuse.”

He was caught in possession of child sexual abuse material, or CSAM. It’s what used to be more commonly called “child pornography.”

FLOODLIT has communicated regularly with a victim of the accused.

We’re seeking more information about his past in the Mormon church, including whether he held any leadership callings. Also, if you have any information about this case, please let us know.

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Kenneth Richens served a full-time mission for the LDS church (Mormon church) in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada from 1982 to 1984.

Thanks to your support, FLOODLIT has obtained court documents in this case.

As of May 7, 2023, FLOODLIT is seeking information to confirm whether Richens was found guilty of forcible sex abuse, a third degree felony, in Utah in October 1989. Possible case number: 53611. Possible other case number: 19857.

As of May 7, 2023, Richens had been taken into police custody at the Purgatory Correctional Facility in Hurricane, Washington County, Utah. ID Number 650413.

A profile on Richens at an LDS missionary alumni website says: “Served in Dryden, Saskatoon and Winnepeg. Taught Canada bound Missionaries from 1982 through 1983 at the MTC.”

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  4. Utah man who works with global charity for children, charged for involvement in 'sex tourism'
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