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
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.
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