Charity Founder's Son Says Father Should Be Given Life for Sex Abuse

By Aaron Vaughn
Fox 13
September 9, 2010,0,1163801.story

HEBER, Utah - Lon Kennard, Sr. was a prominent church businessman and active humanitarian who adopted six children from Ethiopia. In March, Kennard, 68, was arrested and charged with nearly 50 counts of sexual abuse and sexual exploitation after he allegedly molested two of those adopted children. Kennard's family talked Wednesday to FOX 13 about the sex abuse charges.

"We just found out what had happened and that it had been going on for a long time without our knowledge and we turned him in," said Kennard's son, Vyrl Kennard.

Lon Kennard's sons turned their father in for allegedly sexually abusing two of his adoptive daughters from Ethiopia.

Detectives say that several of Kennard's computer hard drives contained videos of him engaging in sexual content with two teenage girls.

"It's been really hard; we're all banning together now, getting through it together, but it's been a really hard situation and the longer it goes, the harder it is, we just want him to be punished for what he's done," says son Vyrl.

Vyrl Kennard believe his dad belongs behind bard for life. He says that his father arrest and alleged crimes have been tough for their family of 12.

Lon Kennard founded the "Village of Hope" in the late 1990's, a charity that provides humanitarian services for Eithiopianians.

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