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Published on May 11, 2019
MARTINSBURG, WV. - Two mothers, whose children had been molested by a pedophile that leaders of a Mormon congregation in West Virginia had protected and lied for, took matters into their own hands when they stood up during a testimony meeting this past Sunday [May 5, 2019] and warned the congregation that their church leaders had harbored a pedophile and that their children were not safe.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, commonly known as the Mormon church, recently settled a civil suit brought on behalf of several of the victims of Christopher Michael Jensen’s for an undisclosed amount.
Jensen was sentenced in 2013 to 35 to 75 years in prison for sexually abusing two children, ages 3 and 4. Jensen’s father, Chris Jensen, testified in February that no one told him about those allegations until an August 2012 hearing when his son was charged.
Allegations against the younger Jensen dated back to 2004, when he was arrested at age 13 at his middle school and charged with two felony counts of sexual abuse against two girls, according to court documents. The lawsuit alleged several church members were made aware of abuse incidents multiple times but either did not believe the abused or kept the abuse a secret.
The lawsuit also alleged that abuse continued over the years as no one in the Martinsburg church or his family, which included church leaders, disclosed Jensen’s history of sex offenses.
The church denied the claims. Defendants said Christopher Michael Jensen fooled everyone and repeatedly lied to church officials who clearly lacked any sort of discernment that Mormons claim their leaders are bestowed with.
The younger Jensen was excommunicated from the church by the Martinsburg Stake High Council in 2013.