LDS Church seeks to dismiss sexual abuse case

Daily Herald

July 18, 2018

By Genelle Pugmire

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints filed a motion for dismissal Wednesday in a sex abuse case of a woman who accused a former Provo Missionary Training Center president of sexually abusing her.

McKenna Denson alleges in her federal lawsuit against the church and the former president, Joseph L. Bishop, that he sexually abused and even raped her while she was at the MTC in 1984.

The church says all five causes of action, or accusations, in Denson’s case are subject to either a three-year or a four-year statute of limitations.

The five causes she is implicating the church in includes: sexual assault; negligent infliction of emotional distress, intentional infliction of emotional distress, common law fraud, and fraudulent concealment.

“Ms. Denson’s first three causes of action are subject to Utah’s ‘catch all’ statute. Although a defense based on statutes of limitation is considered an affirmative defense, they may be asserted in a motion to dismiss under circumstances like the ones here,” church legal document says.

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