January 24, 2020
Timothy Samuel Johnson, 47, was recently sentenced to prison in Oregon for 15 years after he was convicted of sexually molesting his daughter. The investigation into the assaults was started when police got wind of the allegations after the father had confessed his crimes to Mormon church officials.
Following the conviction, the man’s wife (and child’s mother) did what any caring, decent mother would do under the circumstances. She sued the Mormon Church for revealing the confession to the authorities. She’s asking for a cool $9.5 million (plus $40,000 for the cost of the criminal defense attorney) for such things as her husband’s lost earnings, “companionship, society, love, [and] affection.”
Never mind that in Oregon, as in 27 other states, clergypersons are “mandatory reporters,” who are required by law to report suspicions of child abuse to police.