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Utah Supreme Court upholds ex-Mormon bishop’s convictions

August 1, 2019

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Supreme Court has rejected arguments that defense attorneys were ineffectual for a man convicted of sexually abusing two women.

The Salt Lake Tribune reported Wednesday that the court has upheld the convictions of Keith Robert Vallejo, a former bishop for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Vallejo was sentenced in 2017 on ten counts of second-degree forcible sexual abuse and one count of object rape.

The women told authorities that Vallejo touched them inappropriately when they spent the night at his Provo home in 2013 and 2014.

Among Vallejo’s arguments in his appeal, he claimed his attorney should have objected to some testimony and should have tried to split the case into two.

The court ruled that Vallejo failed to prove his counsel’s performance was ineffective.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com

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