was an LDS church member and high school teacher in Fresno, California; accused of sexual abuse; convicted; moved to Provo, Utah

Case Summary

Richard Freeman was a Mormon church member in Fresno, California who was convicted of child sexual abuse.

According to a person familiar with the case, Freeman sexually abused a young child for several years into their early teens.

He was a high school teacher in the Fresno area at the time, so he lost his job.

Freeman served a prison sentence, during which time the victim and family moved to the Provo area.

After prison, he also relocated to Provo and served a probationary period where he was not permitted any contact with the victim, per our source. They told us the victim, family, and abuser were all active LDS.

The victim’s family was encouraged to stay together by local Mormon church leaders, our source said. The victim reportedly felt pressured to forgive Freeman.

Mormon Sexual Abuse Map

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