Charges were dropped on Friday August 22nd, 2008 against a former missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who was accused of fondling a 12-year-old Salt Lake County boy he had baptized in December 2006. Full story published August 22nd by the Salt Lake Tribune; a Deseret News story from March 1st, 2007 was consulted for background.
Third District Judge Judith Atherton dismissed a first-degree felony count of aggravated sexual abuse of a child against Kyle Saucier, originally from Springville, Utah, after prosecutors said they could not go forward because of "witness problems". Prosecutor Alicia Cook said there was "a refusal to participate in the process" by the boy and his mother. [Ed. Note: Translation; it didn't happen.]
Charges were brought against Saucier, 22, in March 2007 after the boy told a Salt Lake County sheriff's detective the missionary inappropriately touched him on Christmas Eve 2006. The boy and his mother had gone to Saucier's Holladay apartment to give him a Christmas present. Saucier allegedly gave the boy a hug, reached into the boy's pants, and touched the boy's penis, according to charging documents.
The case had been scheduled to go to trial next week. The offense is punishable by anywhere from six years to life in prison, depending upon aggravating circumstances.
Saucier, a native of Louisiana, was "relieved of his calling" in January 2007 after church officials learned of the allegations against him, according to defense attorney James Lewis. Saucier plans to return to Louisiana and resume activities in his LDS church ward.
Opinion: So this is supposedly over, huh. How does Kyle Saucier recover his lost reputation? Prosecutors had better be asking the 12-year-old "victim" and his mother some tough questions.
As far as I'm concerned, the abuse never happened. Most likely what happened was when the missionary hugged the boy, he accidentally brushed the boy's dick. The boy, stoked up with all the propaganda and horror stories of "improper touching", may have overreacted and misinterpreted it as a deliberate sexual gesture. Pedophilia hysteria. And when he complained to his mother, what was his mother supposed to do? Call her own son a liar?
Either this 12-year-old boy is a malicious brat who needs a proper hiding, or he's sick and needs psychological treatment.