was an LDS church member in South Ogden, Utah; accused of sexual abuse of a 4-year-old child and of a teenage female; sentenced in 2018 to 15 years to life in prison for aggravated sexual abuse of a child

Case Summary

Jayden Nelson was a Mormon church member in Utah.

Nelson went to prison for molesting kids while babysitting for families who knew him.

He was an active LDS member saving money for and working toward serving a full-time Mormon church mission.

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  1. Help Support my Mission!
    view source details | 18 Oct 2023 | GoFundMe
  2. South Ogden man arrested for sex abuse of 4-year-old sentenced to prison
    view source details | 31 Oct 2018 | ABC4
  3. Man sentenced to 15 years to life in prison after crimes against 2 South Ogden girls
    view source details | 29 Dec 2018 | Gephardt Daily
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  • Help Support my Mission!
    Source type: Other
    Publisher: GoFundMe
    Date published/accessed: 18 Oct 2023
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    Jayden Nelson is organizing this fundraiser.

    I am preparing to go on a mission for the LDS church. I just earned my Eagle, I am in my last year of seminary, and I love the idea of sharing the gospel with people throughout the world. I have been saving for many years, but I have come upon a problem. My teeth. I have had some issues with straightening my teeth, and especially after my bike accident in 2012, I need braces.

    This year has been a challenge for my parents financially with my brother needing to stay in the hospital for a month and my new baby sister. They are stretched to the limit, and braces just aren't something they can take care of right now. So, I am left with the decision of delaying my mission till I can fix my teeth, or asking for help from my family, friends, and community. My bishop suggested that I start a funding campaign on the internet, so here I am.

    I know there are many worthy causes out there. With or without your support, I pledge to prepare myself well for my mission. I am studying the scriptures and getting used to talking to people, as well as studying Spanish and German so that I can hopefully utilize one of those languages on my mission.

    With your support, I will be prepared much sooner to head out into the mission field and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There are so many waiting to hear about their Savior. Please help me be a messenger for the Lord to share this message. Thank you for your support!

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    South Ogden man arrested for sex abuse of 4-year-old sentenced to prison
    Source type: News article
    Publisher: ABC4
    Date published/accessed: 31 Oct 2018
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    UPDATE [2018-12-31]: Jayden Becker Nelson was sentenced after he accepted a plea deal on two different sex crimes against minors.

    Nelson received a one-15 year sentence at the Utah State Prison for sex abuse of a child in a case that involved a teenage female victim.

    In the case that involved the 4-year-old girl, Nelson was sentenced to 15 years to life for aggravated sexual abuse of a child.

    In return for his guilty plea, two felony counts of sex abuse of a child, two felony counts of aggravated sex abuse of a child and one felony count of sodomy of a child were dropped.

    His sentences are to run concurrently (at the same time) and he was given credit for the 60 days he has already served.

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    SOUTH OGDEN, Utah (ABC4 News) – A South Ogden man has been arrested for sex abuse of a 4-year-old after the little girl told her parents he had done sexually explicit things to her.

    According to arresting documents, 21-year-old Jayden Becker Nelson was arrested on Monday and booked into the Weber County Jail.

    Police said they responded to a report of a sexual abuse to the child’s home and were told by the child’s parents that Nelson was at their home for dinner on Sunday.

    After Nelson left, their 4 year old daughter told them Nelson had inappropriately touched her with his fingers and his tongue while helping her change into her pajamas.

    Nelson was asked to return to the child’s parents home where he was interviewed by police. Nelson admitted to the sexual abuse on Sunday as well as told officers he had sexually abused the same child a year earlier.

    Nelson is facing two counts of first-degree felony aggravated sexual abuse of a child involving penetration and two first-degree felony counts of sodomy.

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    Man sentenced to 15 years to life in prison after crimes against 2 South Ogden girls
    Source type: News article
    Publisher: Gephardt Daily
    Date published/accessed: 29 Dec 2018
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    OGDEN, Utah, Dec. 29, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — A 21-year-old man was sentenced for crimes against two South Ogden girls after he accepted a plea deal in the combined cases.

    Jayden Becker Nelson, 21, was sentenced to one to 15 years in Utah State Prison in an abuse case where a female teenage minor was the victim.

    In that case, Nelson pleaded guilty to one count of sex abuse of a child, a second-degree felony, in exchange for having two more identical charges dismissed.

    In the other case, involving a 4-year-old girl, Nelson was sentenced to 15 years to life in the Utah State Prison after he pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual abuse of a child in exchange for having a second, identical charge dismissed.

    Also dismissed in the case with the 4-year-old victim was a charge of sodomy on a child, a first-degree felony.

    In both cases, Nelson was known to the family, and was in the residence with permission of the parents.

    Nelson’s sentences will run concurrently, and the judge gave him credit for 60 days already served in the Weber County Jail.

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