Sex abuse case against Mormon church leaders in West Virginia will go to trial

The Associated Press/December 29, 2017

Martinsburg, West Virginia -- A jury in West Virginia will hear the evidence against the Utah-based Mormon church in a lawsuit accusing local church officials of covering up allegations that the son of officials abused 12 children over more than five years.

The Journal reports that the lawsuit filed by children who were between ages 3 and 12 when they say they were sexually abused by Christopher Michael Jensen will go to trial Jan. 8 in Berkeley County. Jensen was sentenced in 2013 to 35 to 75 years in prison for sexually abusing two minors.

The lawsuit was initially filed in 2013, and accuses The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its leaders of covering up the abuse, enabling Jensen to commit further acts and trying to intimidate plaintiffs' families.

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