was an LDS church member in Bountiful, Utah; accused of sexual abuse in a civil lawsuit; case was dismissed with prejudice in 2020

Case Summary

Richard Miles (AKA Dick Miles) was a Mormon church member in Bountiful, Utah.

Miles and his wife Brenda Miles were accused in a 2018 civil lawsuit of sexually abusing children at “touching parties.”

The lawsuit was dismissed in 2020 because the claims fell outside of the statute of limitations.

(A previous version of this case report stated that the case was overturned; it was not.)

Sources
  1. Decades-old Bountiful case alleges church connection to abuse allegations
    view source details | 3 Oct 2018 | Deseret News
  2. Lawsuit accusing relatives of LDS Church president of sexually abusing children dismissed
    view source details | 24 Jul 2020 | Salt Lake Tribune
  3. Supreme Court rules it can’t retroactively apply law that extends statute of limitations for child sex abuse cases
    view source details | 12 Jun 2020 | Salt Lake Tribune
  4. New mission presidents
    view source details | 5 Mar 2011 | The Church News
Sources excerpts
  • Decades-old Bountiful case alleges church connection to abuse allegations
    Source type: News article
    Publisher: Deseret News
    Date published/accessed: 3 Oct 2018
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    Three of the plaintiffs allege that the plaintiffs' father and the Mileses were part of a group who sexually assaulted them as children when their ages ranged from newborn to 8 years old. The alleged assaults took place at "touching parties" at homes in the Mueller Park area of Bountiful, according to the complaint.

    Within hours on Wednesday, the Mileses filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit. The motion said the plaintiffs' claims are "false and horrific" and are barred by the statute of limitations.

    The lawsuit included nine exhibits. Six are declarations made by the children or stepchildren. The other three are from their mothers and a psychiatrist who treated the children in 1986.

    Three children allege in signed exhibits that they remember being sexually assaulted in the touching parties by their father, their paternal grandmother, the Mileses, a teenage babysitter and numerous others.

    Two stepchildren say they were raped by their stepfather.

    One child and one stepchild say they don't remember being assaulted but were told they were by their siblings, parents and therapists.

    A seventh child provided an exhibit, but she is not listed as a plaintiff in the suit.

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    Lawsuit accusing relatives of LDS Church president of sexually abusing children dismissed
    Source type: News article
    Publisher: Salt Lake Tribune
    Date published/accessed: 24 Jul 2020
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    Supreme Court rules it can’t retroactively apply law that extends statute of limitations for child sex abuse cases
    Source type: News article
    Publisher: Salt Lake Tribune
    Date published/accessed: 12 Jun 2020
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    The Utah Supreme Court has ruled that a plaintiff’s claims in a high-profile child sex abuse lawsuit against a former federal judge aren’t valid because the claims fall outside of the statute of limitations, despite a 2016 law change meant to give alleged victims of child sex crimes more time to bring up accusations.

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    New mission presidents
    Source type: News article
    Publisher: The Church News
    Date published/accessed: 5 Mar 2011
    archive 1 | archive 2

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