LDS Officials Searched Teacher's Computer in Sex Case

LDS Officials Searched Teacher's Computer in Sex Case

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(Las Vegas-AP) -- Mormon church officials searched the computer of a child molestation suspect in Las Vegas before police did.

But the church says no files on 33-year-old Robert Stevenson's computer were deleted or altered.

Stevenson is a substitute schoolteacher awaiting trial in Las Vegas on lewdness and sex assault charges.

He was arrested July 16th and charged with trying to have sex with an eight-year-old boy during a sleep-over at Stevenson's house.

He's also charged with molesting a 12-year-old family member.

Southern Nevada Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spokesman John Hanks says church leaders searched Stevenson's computer to see if there were other victims in their congregation.

A Clark County prosecutor says it's unclear whether the criminal case could be affected by someone accessing the computers before police seized them.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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