was an LDS church member in Santa Clara County, California; accused of sexual abuse in the 1990s; convicted; sentenced to prison; lost an appeal with the California Supreme Court; as of March 2024, lives in Provo, Utah as a registered sex offender

Case Summary

Eric Senior was a Mormon church member in California.

In the early 1990s, Senior was convicted of sexually abusing an underage victim.

As of March 2024, Senior lives in Provo, Utah as a registered sex offender.

Sources
  1. [marriage announcement]
    view source details | 4 Jan 1974 | Ukiah Daily Journal (Ukiah, California)
  2. Eric Robertson SENIOR
    view source details | 12 Mar 2024 | Utah Department of Corrections
  3. THE PEOPLE, Plaintiff and Respondent, v. ERIC ROBERTSON SENIOR, Defendant and Appellant.
    view source details | 12 Mar 2024 | judyrecords
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  • [marriage announcement]
    Source type: News article
    Publisher: Ukiah Daily Journal (Ukiah, California)
    Date published/accessed: 4 Jan 1974
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    Eric Robertson SENIOR
    Source type: Registered sex offender record
    Publisher: Utah Department of Corrections
    Date published/accessed: 12 Mar 2024
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    Name: Eric Robertson SENIOR Registration #: 848346
    Aliases: Erick SENIOR
    Erick Jerry Robertson SENIOR
    Rick SENIOR

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    Offenses
    • Description: 288(b) - LEWD OR LASCIVIOUS ACTS WITH CHILD UNDER 14 YEARS W/FORCE
    • Date Convicted: 08/07/1992
    • Conviction State: California
    • Release Date:
    • Details:
    • Counts: 2
    • Description: 288(A)(C) - ORAL COPULATION WITH PERSON UNDER 14/ETC OR BY FORCE/ETC
    • Date Convicted: 08/07/1992
    • Conviction State: California
    • Release Date:
    • Details:
    • Counts: 5
    • Description: 289(a)(1) - SEXUAL PENETRATION WITH FOREIGN OBJECT WITH FORCE
    • Date Convicted: 08/07/1992
    • Conviction State: California
    • Release Date:
    • Details:
    • Counts: 3

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    THE PEOPLE, Plaintiff and Respondent, v. ERIC ROBERTSON SENIOR, Defendant and Appellant.
    Source type: Court record
    Publisher: judyrecords
    Date published/accessed: 12 Mar 2024
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    [WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT; FLOODLIT has redacted portions]

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    On September 11, 1989, defendant came home and found a note from his wife saying she was leaving him after she had promised they would work things out. The victim had revealed the molestations to her mother at the end of January 1989 without saying [defendant] had threatened to hurt her. The victim's mother had left with the six children for six days in early February but had returned. Defendant and his wife had talked about the molestation. Defendant had contacted their bishop and admitted the molestation to him during counseling.

    [...]

    Uncle [John Doe] took the victim and her siblings out for a pizza dinner while her mother, defendant, and the bishop talked at her house. Defendant was distressed to hear the bishop say the church was going to take action. He felt his wife and his church were leaving him.

    Defendant left and came to the pizza parlor around 7 p.m. According to defendant, he wanted to pick the victim up so she could talk to her mother and the bishop. According to the victim, defendant said her mother was in the car and wanted to talk with her. Defendant could not recall saying her mother was in the car. The victim saw her mother was not in the car when she was a few feet from it.

    Defendant guided the victim into the car with his hands on her shoulders. He said her mother was talking to the bishop at home and wanted to talk to her. He drove to their nearby house and past it. According to defendant, he drove past his house when he saw the bishop was still there.

    [...]

    According to the victim, defendant touched her in ways she did not like about 12 times between January and September 11, 1989. According to defendant, he molested her 10 times. Three other times he stopped himself when she protested.

    Around 2:30 a.m. on September 12, 1989, defendant told a police officer he had molested [the victim] eight times over an eight-month period. He had [pg. 774] been trying to work out his problems and restrain himself from molesting her. He did not contact a counselor because they were required by law to report him.

    [...]

    Defense counsel argued defendant was forthright in admitting to his wife, the bishop, and the police that he had molested his daughter. His statements were consistent and did not describe force or duress.

    [...]

    On direct examination, defense counsel steered clear of any telephone conversations on September 11 before defendant picked the victim up at the pizza parlor. Defendant did testify that he had encountered his wife at home around 3 p.m. and they had a few words. Later the bishop came over and the three of them talked.

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