Subj: Sex Case Hits Mormon Spokesman Date: 96-11-15 09:28:48 EST .c The Associated Press S

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Subj: Sex Case Hits Mormon Spokesman Date: 96-11-15 09:28:48 EST .c The Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A Mormon church spokesman whose radio broadcasts often decried the evils of sexual abuse has been arrested for investigation into allegations of sodomy of a 14-year-old girl. Lloyd Gerald Pond, 51, the host of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' radio program ``Times and Seasons,'' was booked into jail last Friday after the girl complained to a counselor. Pond, director of the church's radio news services, has since made bail. No criminal charges have been filed. ``He was helping her with her modeling. He was helping her doing voice-overs and taking photographs,'' West Valley police Sgt. Randall Pond, no relation to the suspect, said Thursday. ``Of course, it started off innocent and there was no problems until the other night.'' On Nov. 6, the girl was taken to a parking lot behind a radio station, shown pornography, photographed in her underwear and told to perform oral sex, police said. The Mormon Church declined to comment on the allegations. ``The church's position on standards of personal behavior is long-standing and well known,'' said church spokesman Don LeFevre. Pond has been a spokesman for the church on a variety of moral issues, often decrying the decay of the family and the evils of child and sexual abuse in his weekly half-hour radio programs. AP-NY-11-15-96 0816EST Copyright 1996 The Associated Press. The information contained in the AP news report may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or otherwise distributed without prior written authority of The Associated Press.


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