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Former LDS Bishop Accused of Sexually Abusing Three Girls

Former LDS Bishop Accused of Sexually Abusing Three Girls



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Andrew Adams & Ashley Hayes Reporting A former LDS bishop is accused of sexually abusing three girls, all from the same family. A news story about Riverton teacher Frank Lane Hall, who is accused of molesting kids, helped the allegations surface.

The girls, just 6, 8 and 12 years old, were watching the story, and officers say that prompted them to tell their parents about 14 occasions where Timothy McCleve allegedly abused them.

Before the three Harrisville girls came forward, they were investigating McCleve for questionable activity on his computer. Harrisville Police Chief Max Jackson says investigators were looking into allegations that Timothy O'Sean McCleve was trying to entice another girl over the Internet.

Police believe the abuse has been going on since July, with the last interaction taking place a few weeks ago. Jackson says McCelve abused the victims inside their home when their parents were not there. Harrisville is a small community near Ogden, and this morning Jackson says residents are still reacting to the charges.

"It's a terrible thing, you know, it just devastates the whole community, especially a small on like this," said Jackson. "We'll do a thorough investigation and let the chips fall where they may."

Jackson says McCleve knew the family and was in a position of trust, so he faces enhanced penalties--three first-degree felonies.

McCleve was released from the Weber County Jail on $60,000 bond. McCleve is scheduled to be in court next week.

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