FLOODLIT.org provides reports about people publicly accused of sex crimes they allegedly committed while active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon/LDS).
We hope our investigative reporting will facilitate healing and positive change.
As we determine whether to include information in our database, we typically look for:
- Public court records
- Police documents (such as probable cause affidavits)
- Records of formal criminal or civil charges
- Reliable public news sources such as mainstream media reports or newspaper articles
- Published books, podcasts, websites or other publicly accessible sources whose authors said they witnessed or were victims of sex crimes, and whose allegations have been discussed by a broad audience.
When we publish a case report about an accused person, we typically include/exclude information as follows:
- Victims: We don’t publish victims’ names unless they have given us permission, they have named themselves in mainstream news reports, or they are deceased.
- Church discipline: We exclude information about LDS church disciplinary actions unless it is already published in a source we’re citing.
- Places lived: We publish the names of cities/regions where an accused person has lived if they were found guilty of or liable for sex crimes. We don’t publish street-level addresses.
- Posthumous accusations: We hold accusations made after the death of an accused person to the same standards as those made while they were alive.
- People found not guilty/liable: In order to provide a helpful public service, we typically keep case reports published about accused people even when they were not convicted or found civilly liable, or their cases were overturned.
- We remove records from our database whenever we find that their publication may present a risk of harm to anyone.
- We consider exceptions to the above criteria on a case-by-case basis.
Please keep in mind:
- The US legal system presumes that a person accused of or charged with a crime is innocent until proven guilty. A defendant in a civil action is presumed not to be liable for such claims unless a plaintiff proves otherwise.
- We do not claim to know whether any accusations are true. Our database is not a representation of the legal case history of an individual.
FLOODLIT is committed to truth, accuracy, and fairness. If we discover inaccurate information in the database, we correct it quickly.
We encourage you to contact us to correct or add information.