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Judge orders disclosures in lawsuit against church

May 12, 2019, 9:56 AM
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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been ordered to identify any women who accused the former head of a missionary training center of sexual misconduct and all women who were at the facility the same time as a woman suing the church.

A federal judge in Utah on Friday gave the church 21 days to provide the information to the court.

McKenna Denson of Pueblo, Colorado, accuses Phoenix-area resident Joseph L. Bishop of sexually abusing and raping her in 1984 at the Missionary Training Center in Provo where he was president.

Bishop has denied the allegations and last year was dismissed as a defendant in the lawsuit, along with part of the case against the church, but a fraud claim alleging a cover-up remains pending.

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Judge orders disclosures in lawsuit against church