was a Mormon bishop in New Mexico; accused of child sexual abuse; convicted twice

Case Summary

Eddie Padilla was a Mormon bishop in New Mexico.

While bishop, Padilla allegedly asked an LDS church member in his ward probing sexual questions in bishop interviews on multiple occasions.

While Padilla was a Mormon bishop, a young woman came forward saying he had abused her. Most ward members didn’t believe her, a source told FLOODLIT.

Months later, multiple other female victims came forward saying Padilla molested them for years.

Padilla was released as bishop. In 1990, he pleaded guilty to one felony count of criminal sexual penetration. He was sentenced to three years of probation and counseling.

Padilla was later accused of sexually abusing five girls who ranged in age from 4 to 13. The abuse was reported to have occurred from January 1984 to July 1993.

Padilla was convicted a second time, pleading guilty to three felony counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor.

In 1995, Padilla was sentenced to six years in state prison.

At his Mormon church disciplinary council, several men reportedly left the room to vomit. Padilla said he had been trying to educate girls on proper sexual techniques, according to FLOODLIT’s sources.

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    STATE OF NEW MEXICO VS. EDDIE PADILLA
    1 Jan 2024

    Case #D-820-CR-94073

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