LDS Church policy on handling sex abuse cases at core of newly filed lawsuit

Daily Herald

June 28, 2018

By Genelle Pugmire

When Kristy Johnson was just starting first grade in the 1960s, life changed for her at home as well.

Now, decades later, Kristy Johnson, of La Habra, California, has filed a complaint and is seeking a jury trial against her father, Dr. Melvin Kay Johnson, of Lehi, with the U.S. District Court District of Utah, Central Division.

Kristy Johnson is accusing her father of years of sex abuse that occurred in their home, and in other locations. The family are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

While not a defendant in the case, the lawsuit call the LDS Church to task for the way in which members are reportedly counseled to handle sex abuse issues. The case seeks changes to the LDS Handbooks 1 and 2 when it comes to zero tolerance.

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