LDS missionary charged with child rape

Posted at 7:40 PM, Feb 18, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-18 23:35:41-05

DAVIS COUNTY, Utah — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a statement Monday regarding an LDS missionary who was sent home to answer felony charges of child rape, which allegedly occurred before he left for the mission.

Brandon Cordero faces two counts of rape of a child, according to court documents from the Second Judicial District Court of Utah. He was booked into the Davis County Jail on February 4.

The documents allege the sexual misconduct was between Cordero and a female child under the age of 14. The acts allegedly occurred from November of 2010 through May of 2012, according to the same documents.

The Statement from the LDS Church reads as follows:

“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints condemns abuse of any kind. Elder Brandon Scott Cordero was released from his mission and sent home immediately when the charges against him came to light. The alleged abuse took place before his mission and had nothing to do with his calling as a missionary.

Counseling and other Church resources will be available to the victim and family members to help in the healing process. Church leaders will continue to cooperate with authorities in their investigation of this matter.”

Cordero is being held on a $100,000 bail.