Mormon Missionary Accused of Fondling Girls in Vegas

Mormon Missionary Accused of Fondling Girls in Vegas

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(Las Vegas-AP) -- A court summons has been issued for a 21-year-old missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints accused of fondling two young girls in a classroom at a Las Vegas-area church.

John Misseldine remains free without bail. he is charged with one felony count of sexual assault with a minor and two counts of lewdness stemming from allegations that he touched two girls, ages seven and four.

Misseldine, of Little Rock, Arkansas, was ordered to appear in Las Vegas Justice Court on October 29th.

Misseldine's lawyer, William Terry, and officials with the Mormon church in Las Vegas were not immediately available Wednesday for comment.

Misseldine was freed in May after church officials promised a judge he would be supervised closely in an administrative church position and would not be allowed to deal with the public.

He was arrested May third after a woman told police her nieces reported he fondled them when they were left with him during services.

A church official said in May that by being alone with the girls, Misseldine and his missionary companion violated a church rule that they stay within sight of one another at all times whenever they are in public. The missionary companion was not identified.

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

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