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Latter-day Saint Missionary Arrested, Accused of Sexual Assault

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A young Latter-day Saint missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was arrested on Saturday, May 11, 2014, for investigation of rape, forcible sodomy, and sexual battery. 

Abraham Isaac Cruz Hernandez, a 19-year-old from California serving in Saratoga Springs, Utah, was found outside the garage of a female victim. The victim allowed Hernandez to kiss her, but told the missionary to stop after he began to reach under her clothes. Hernandez proceeded to sexually assault the victim. 

Friends of the victim came to the garage and told them to stop. Police were alerted and Hernandez told police the two were alone in the garage and all the sexual acts were consensual. It is unclear where Hernandez’s missionary companion was at the time of the alleged assault. 

An official statement from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was released late Monday night. It reads: 

“This individual was immediately removed from his volunteer missionary service as soon as the church learned of these very serious and troubling allegations. The church is cooperating fully with law enforcement in this investigation. Missionaries are expected to abide by the highest standards, and those who do not will be released and sent home, and in situations involving criminal allegations, also face loss of church membership.”

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Aleah Ingram
Aleah Ingram
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.

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