November 16, 1996 in Nation/World

Mormon Spokesman Charged With Sodomy

Compiled From Wire Services
 

Three radio stations canceled the Mormon Church’s nationally syndicated show on Friday after the host, who decried the evils of sexual abuse on the air, was charged in the sodomy of a 14-year-old girl.

Lloyd Gerald Pond, 51, was charged with two counts of forcible sodomy. Police said he coerced the girl into posing for lewd photographs and performing oral sex at the gospel radio station where he worked part time.

Pond, director of the 9 million-member church’s radio news service, hosted The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ weekly half-hour radio program, often decrying the decay of the family and the evils of child and sexual abuse.

The charges allege Pond took the girl to a warehouse at KTBN radio station - where he worked nights as a technician - on Nov. 6, photographed her in her underwear and forced her to perform oral sex.

Pond is scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 22. If convicted, Pond faces up to life in prison.


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