Children’s charity co-founder sentenced in sex abuse case

November 4, 2011

Wednesday, the humanitarian and former LDS bishop was sentenced to three terms of five years to life in prison to be served consecutively. He had earlier pleaded guilty to three first-degree felony counts of aggravated sex abuse of a child.

In March 2010, he was charged with 43 felony counts of sex abuse and sexual exploitation of a child. He has been held in the Wasatch County jail since that time. 

In an emotional sentencing hearing in Judge Derek P. Pullan’s 4th District courtroom, his adoptive daughters, now adults, testified to sexual abuse that spanned a decade. (The Salt Lake Tribune does not name victims of sex crimes.)

The Kennards also have six grown biological children. They were not sexually abused but said Kennard was verbally and physically abusive when they were young. Read full text