Former Mormon mission president accused of sexual assault

Source: Associated Press

By BRADY McCOMBS

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church is investigating a former missionary training center president who is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in the 1980s, following the release this week of a secret audio recording where he is heard apologizing to her and citing a sex addiction.

The allegations are “deeply disturbing” and would lead to formal discipline if true, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said in a statement posted to its website Tuesday.

The 85-year-old Joseph L. Bishop denied the allegations when asked by church officials but is apologetic in the recording even though he doesn’t discuss exactly what happened. The recording — from a meeting the woman set up under the guise of being a reporter — was made public this week by the website MormonLeaks , which is a church watchdog.

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