Erik Hughes, a former Bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints pled guilty this week to two second-degree felonies of forcible sexual abuse and one third-degree felony of tampering with a witness.
The first accuser, an 18-year-old man, came forward in April telling police he was sexually abused by Hughes approximately three years ago. The victim said Hughes gave him what was thought to be Melatonin to help him sleep. The pill left him feeling disoriented and Hughes claimed he must have given him the wrong medication.
At another point in time, Hughes gave the victim a smoothie, which left the young man feeling woozy, similarly to the pills. Hughes then helped the victim to his bed. The next thing the man remembers is waking up multiple times to Hughes touching him inappropriately and his underwear was removed.
A second accuser stated Hughes touched him inappropriately up to 50 times. The victim was a teenager at the time and told police Hughes also requested and sent him nude photos.
Within the last month, Hughes contacted this second accuser and explained he was being “falsely accused” and asked the man how he would respond to the police if asked questions related to the sexual abuse of the first victim.
Hughes’ sentencing is October 10 and he faces up to 15 years in prison for each second-degree felony.
These victims are very brave coming forward against their abuser.
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