Former Therapist Arrested for Alleged Sexual Abuse of Gay Latter-day Saints Patients

Former Utah therapist Scott Owen.

Provo police have arrested a former therapist, Scott Owen, on charges of sexually abusing his gay Latter-day Saints patients. The arrest followed a standoff in Utah County. Detectives had arranged to meet Owen at the Spanish Fork Police Department for his surrender, but when he failed to appear, a search was initiated. Owen was eventually located in his car near Thistle, leading to a standoff and the closure of part of Highway 89. Tactical units from the Utah County Sheriff’s Office successfully negotiated Owen’s safe surrender. He has been booked into jail on six charges of object rape and four counts of forcible sodomy.

The investigation into Owen began after media reports detailed a pattern of abuse. On August 3, The Salt Lake Tribune published an investigation in which several of Owen’s former patients, who were gay members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, alleged that he had touched them inappropriately during therapy sessions. Following the publication of the story, Canyon Counseling, the Provo business co-owned by Owen, closed down after severing ties with him. Owen had built a reputation over two decades as a specialist in helping gay men within the Utah-based church.

No injuries were reported during the standoff. Provo police are urging any additional victims or individuals with information related to this case to come forward.

Author: CrimeDoor

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