Mormon Bishop Arrested After Sexually Assaulting Cop Posing as Sex Worker February 22, 2019

Mormon Bishop Arrested After Sexually Assaulting Cop Posing as Sex Worker

A Mormon bishop from Utah has been arrested and removed from his Church position following an arrest on human trafficking charges.

David N. Moss, a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints bishop and former law enforcement officer, was recently arrested for attempting to “manage” sex workers by helping them avoid police. Moss also said he had “run” girls in the past.

Moss ultimately met with the two undercover officers, and during that meeting he showed them cash and said he was “not opposed to paying” for services, detectives allege. He also detailed ways to avoid police and at that point forcibly grabbed one woman’s hand and placed it on his genitals.

The document states Moss then unzipped his pants and exposed himself to the two undercover detectives.

Sex work itself isn’t the problem; the problem is that Moss was trying to put himself in a position to control those women (as he claimed to have done in the past). The religious hypocrisy is also obvious. Moss was eventually arrested and charged with exploiting a prostitute, patronizing a prostitute, sexual battery, and two counts of lewdness.

Moss was released that day and arrested February 19 at his home in Lehi. Moss admitted to the details in the chats and the discussions but denied having “managed” other women previously, booking records state.

Detectives wrote that Moss’ current position as a religious leader and his prior work as a vice squad cop in St. George gave them reason to worry there may be more victims out there.

They said both positions placed him in contact with potentially vulnerable people.

Moss was constantly surrounded by people who looked to him with respect and/or fear. He used that to his advantage to the point where other victims may still be out there. The one bright spot is that the Mormon Church acted quickly to remove him from his position, saying in a statement:

The behavior alleged in this incident is completely unacceptable and unbecoming of any member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and especially of someone serving in a position of local leadership. Upon learning of this situation, local leaders took immediate steps to relieve him of his role and to identify his replacement.

If only they acted that quickly when it comes to bishops who were accused of sexual assault yet weren’t shamed in the press.

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