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Former Bishop Not Guilty of Sexual Assault

Former Bishop Not Guilty of Sexual Assault

Posted - Oct. 23, 2003 at 4:52 p.m.



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Jill Atwood ReportingBreaking news tonight--The jury has found a former LDS bishop accused of molesting a child not guilty.

When the verdict of not guilty of sexually assaulting a 13 year old girl was read, the family of Spencer Dixon let out a huge scream of relief.

Prosecutors had claimed all along that he had singled out this young lady and got her alone in his ward house and then took advantage of his position of power.

The defense says he just mistakenly touched her in an inappropriate manner accidentally while moving a TV cart. Dixon says it was not sexual in nature. After about three and a half hours of deliberation, the jury agreed.

Spencer Dixon: "I have no malice towards my accuser nor anyone that has falsely accused me. I knew that justice would prevail and I knew that God was on my side. And I want to thank my friends and my family and all those who stood by me."

Again, a jury acquitted Spencer Dixon, a former LDS bishop of sexually assaulting a 13-year old girl. If guilty, it would have held a first degree felony charge because of his position, which could have meant five years to life in prison, but Dixon has been cleared of all charges.

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