This is a blog of news and essays aimed toward gay Mormons who wish to hold the Priesthood of God honorably (Men) or to remain active members of the LDS Church (Men or Women), their family and friends, or anyone who has questions about what it is to be a faithful Mormon, or a Mormon questioning... and gay.
Friday, July 3, 2015
No hate crime today
I was both pleased and saddened to learn that suspected
hate crimes against a Delta man were not crimes done out of hate towards a man
who had said he was attacked for being gay. The idiots of society that usually perpetrate these
crimes were not to blame.
Unfortunately, it seems that the acts were
actually staged by him as local police confirmed several days ago.Millard County
Sheriff Robert Dekker said Tuesday -- as per the Deseret News -- that the
assorted crimes were all faked.
"The investigation has come to an end today
with Jones admission of to having staged all of the incidents," Dekker
said. He later added that investigators are meeting with the Millard County
Attorney’s Office to determine whether any criminal charges will be filed
It had been reported that the Grand Central
Station eatery was vandalized with graffiti several, that money was taken from
the restaurant on another occasion, and Jones' assertion that someone threw a
rock with gay slurs and a Molotov cocktail through his bedroom window.
Jones' attorney, Brett Tolman, said his client
"is accepting responsibility for the incidents" and asked Tolman to
contact the sheriff's office and have them cancel the investigation.
Quotes from his attorney:
"At this point we are working
with investigators and with the community at trying to point out and recognize
that what this really amounts to is a very serious cry for help by an
individual … who is gay and is in need of mental health treatment, which he is
"The fundraisers were not
something that Rick started," the attorney said. "That was (done) by
well meaning persons that wanted to help out. But it was the appropriate thing
to return those donations."
"I don’t think it was an
intention on the part of our client to do anything criminal. I think this is
truly a cry for help by someone that needs it."
"At this point the most important
concern is his well-being. … And while he’s acknowledging that this is
something that he takes responsibility for, it still underscores some of the
difficult and rough roads that those in the LGBT community go through."
I remember a time in my life that I may have been
tempted to do the same type of thing. I
hope this man gets the help he needs so that he can feel good about himself.