Failure to Report Sexual Abuse—Bisbee, Arizona

55 Primary Sources


Justia Law reprint of the 2010 Arizona Revised Statute related to clergyman or priest testimony.


Justia Law reprint of the 2010 Arizona Revised Statute related to duty to report abuse and the clergy exception.


2010 policies on dealing with child abuse for bishops.


University of Michigan researchers find that mandatory reporting is correlated with lower rates of confirmed reports.

May 2017

2017 Johns Hopkins School of Nursing study concludes that universal mandatory reporting is correlated with lower confirmed reports of abuse.

Aug 2017

Church manual lays out policy on preventing and responding to abuse.

Mar 26, 2018

Tad Walch in Deseret News reports on Church explicitly allowing others to sit in on Bishop interviews.

Jun 7, 2018

June 7, 2018 trial transcript of the proceedings of the State of Arizona vs. Leizza Adams on child abuse.

Jun 7, 2018

Shaunice Warr offers testimony in the mitigation sentence hearing of Leizza Adams.

Jun 7, 2018

Detective Todd Borquez testifies that law enforcement never had any contact with the bishop in Bisbee in 2010.

Jun 7, 2018

FBI Agent J Allen testifies about his interactions with Leizza Adams.

Aug 13, 2018

Judge Wallace R. Hoggatt sentences Leizza Adams to 2.5 years of incarceration and 4 years of probation.

Aug 13, 2018

Adam Alcantara, sister of Leizza Adams, testifies about Leizza Adams.

Aug 13, 2018

DHS Agent Robert Edwards testifies his interactions with bishop Herrod, Paul and Leizza Adams.

Aug 13, 2018

August 13, 2018 trial transcript of Leizza Adams in Arizona Superior Court.


General Handbook of the Church section on abuse.

Apr 21, 2020

AZ Central reports the details of the Bisbee case including the bishop not reporting.

May 22, 2020

Arizona Daily Independent reports that John Herrod, former bishop of the Bisbee Ward, is involved in a lawsuit related to his medical practice due to reputational damage.

Jun 5, 2020

2KUTV reports on a bishop that was excommunicated for abusing children.

Jun 8, 2020

First Presidency letter reaffirming safety guidelines for youth members.

Nov 2020

Legal response to civil complaint filed against the Church in the case of Bisbee, Arizona sexual abuse.

Nov 2020

Cadigan Law Firm representing the Adams children file lawsuit against the Church et al. for failing to report sexual abuse.

Nov 30, 2020

Sam Penrod of the Church Communications Department, makes statement about the Bisbee sexual abuse case.

Nov 30, 2020

AZ Central reports that bishops knew about the repeated abuse of his children.

Jan 19, 2021

N4T Tuscon reports on the Bisbee, Arizona sexual abuse civil lawsuit against the Church, including a statement from Church attorney.

May 25, 2021

Jane Doe sworn declaration that John Harrod was their bishop and their doctor and saw them as a patient.

Jul 1, 2021

The U.S. Census estimates the population of Cochise county at 126,050 as of July 1, 2021.

Oct 26, 2021

First Amended Complaint of civil lawsuit against the Church, filed by Lynne Cadigan et al.

Dec 1, 2021

Arizona Daily Independent reports that a secret grand jury investigation started early in 2021 related to the sexual abuse civil trial against the Church.


Casetext prints the text of the Arizona law that regulates periods of grand jury term by county.


General Handbook of the Church section on Reports of Abuse and references to reporting to civil authorities, instructions for members, bishops and definitions of abuse.


Church Newsroom overview guide on how the Church approaches abuse, including membership record annotation.

Feb 8, 2022

Sworn declaration of Bishop Robert Kim Mauzy stating that he excommunicated Paul Adams for reasons relating to what he learned in a disciplinary council in 2013.

Feb 8, 2022

Sworn declaration of Bishop John Herrod stating he was only aware of a "one-time incident" of abuse.

Feb 8, 2022

Motion for Summary Judgement for 2021 civil case against the Church over sexual abuse in Bisbee, Arizona.

Feb 8, 2022

Transcription of audio recording of interview between Agent Robert Edwards and Bishop Herrod.

Feb 16, 2022

Herald/Review Media reports that a closed grand jury investigation related to the Bisbee sexual abuse case against the Church convened in early 2021.

May 18, 2022

Roger W. Van Komen, Church Helpline employee, states that Merrill F. Nelson handled the Bishop Herrod helpline call in the Bisbee, Arizona sexual abuse case.

Aug 3, 2022

Michael Rezendes reports on the Bisbee sex abuse investigation.

Aug 4, 2022

Michael Rezendes reports on Bisbee sexual abuse case and notes he now has 12,000 pages from another case in his possession.

Aug 4, 2022

Sam Brunson states that the Church should push for mandatory reporters in every state.

Aug 4, 2022

Christopher Cunningham discusses the complexities of mandatory reporting laws.

Aug 5, 2022

Official statement from the Church responding to the AP story about the sexual abuse hotline.

Aug 6, 2022

Kate Taylor Lauck, a sexual abuse survivor and attorney that worked for the Church abuse hotline shares her story.

Aug 8, 2022

Associated Press video of transcript of portions of interview with John Herrod and DHS Agent Robert Edwards.

Aug 8, 2022

Audio recording of John Herrod stating the Church help line told him he could not report sexual abuse.

Aug 10, 2022

The WashPo Editorial Board releases statement in response to AP article about Bisbee bishops not reporting child abuse.

Aug 10, 2022

Jana Riess critiques the Church as not setting up the proper system for bishops to use when reporting child abuse.

Aug 10, 2022

D. Christian Harrison argues that mandatory reporting laws should expect to pastoral figures.

Aug 17, 2022

The Church releases a second statement in 2022 condemning the abuse in Arizona and explaining how the AP misrepresented the helpline.

Aug 18, 2022

Rezendes publishes AP article detailing that the judge will order the Church to release all "secret records" in Bisbee case.

Aug 19, 2022

Tad Walch explores the complexities of the effectiveness of mandatory reporting laws.

Sep 8, 2022

AP News reports that Utah Republican State Rep. Merrill F. Nelson handled the Church helpline call for the Bisbee Sexual Abuse case.

Sep 29, 2022

Deposition of bishop Kim Mauzy where he states that Paul Adams was not a Melchizedek priesthood holder and did not hold a temple recommend.

Sep 29, 2022

Deposition of bishop Mauzy where he explains that Paul Adams was excommunicated, and his appeal to the Stake Presidency was unsuccessful.