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Mormon conversion therapist charged with sexually abusing his male clients

Mormon conversion therapist charged with sexually abusing his male clients

He told them that his "intimacy" therapy would help them have relationships with women.

By Greg Owen Sunday, November 19, 2023

A mental health counselor and one-time LDS bishop in Utah ( Paid for by the Mormon Church ) has been charged with multiple counts of forced sodomy and object rape after he lured male clients into sexual relationships he described as “person-centered” therapy.

Police interviewed over a dozen men who had sought treatment from the counselor “revolving around same-sex attraction.”

Scott Dale Owen, 64, was charged Monday in 4th District Court with four counts of forcible sodomy and six counts of object rape, first-degree felonies, in connection with two of those clients.

“Dr. Owen during his therapy would tell the victims that their relationships with men were broken and his therapy could help them be able to have ‘normal’ relationships with men and eventually women,” according to a police booking affidavit.

He “used his position as a therapist to coerce the victims into engaging in kissing, cuddling and sexual touching during therapy session.”

Charging documents revealed the alleged crimes were committed in 2010 and 2017.

One man told investigators Owen “determined one of the things he needed to work on was intimacy and explained he would benefit from ‘person-centered’ therapy.”

During their weekly sessions, Owen became “increasingly physical” with the victim while assuring him “he was making progress and that others may not understand the treatment.” Owen told the man if he “would give his full trust to him, he would be cured.”

At the same time, the alleged rapist was also the man’s ecclesiastical leader.

Owen told his victim “that what they were doing was consistent with their religious standards and would also result in a closer relationship with God,” the charges state.

Prosecutors say after the victim left Owen for a different therapist, his new counselor informed him Owen’s techniques “were not legitimate therapeutic treatment methods.

The same pattern was revealed in another victim’s recollection of his time as Owen’s client and ecclesiastical follower.

The man told investigators Owen explained that “they were going to focus on developing an intimate and spiritual relationship.” Owen told the victim that “he was unique” and that Owen “had been spiritually prompted” to work with him.

Owen told the man “that God gives to certain people special permission to do things that are normally wrong.” The victim took this to mean that Owen “had religious authority to be sexually intimate with him,” according to the charging documents.

The charges follow earlier accusations of malpractice by Owen.

In 2016, he was reprimanded by the Utah Division of Professional Licensing for touching a client inappropriately, according to disciplinary records.

Between 2013 and 2018, Owen “again inappropriately touched a number of other clients” whom he was treating, according to the agency.

After those accusations, Owen surrendered his license but continued to have an active role at the Canyon Counseling Center in Provo, where the victims sought treatment.

Canyon Counseling closed its doors in September, according to its website. The center was sold to another company, which resumed operations in October under a new name and management.

The Provo police investigation into Owen began in August. On Wednesday, he was scheduled to surrender but failed to appear. After a search, Owen was located sitting in his car by a highway with a gun. After a four-hour standoff, he was taken into custody without incident.


John Bellamy Comments:

Are these patients that stupid and / or that naïve that they actually think that being fucked up the butt by your preacher / doctor is going to make you less gay and closer to God ?

If any preacher said he has a 'Diving Right' my answer would be that I have a Divine Left - as in a Left Hook - and he would be smacked in the gob so fast as who the fuck believes these doctors and preachers when they come out with such manipulative absolute garbage and these morons believe it - and drop their drawers and get fucked.

With the word MORON being not far away from MORMON - it would seem the church - like the Catholic Church or any others, is riddled with physical, emotional and mental abuse that it covers up and hidden and in the long run, offers more evil to innocent people who truly believe, than any other institution on the planet.

Outstanding stupidity. Outstanding manipulation. Outstanding hypocrisy.

I sincerely hope this so called healer / preacher goes to jail for rape and I hope HE is the one that ends up getting his botty fucked in jail and I am sure brutally as well - and absolutely no sympathy at all.

These - so called healers and preachers - are the scum of the earth. The worst kind.

The ones who not only use people for their own end while claiming to be helping, but the harm and the emotional / mental damage caused is far worse that anything they could have been seeking help over. Not only has he physically abused, but worse still, he has emotionally and mentally raped and that can cut far deeper than any physical abuse.

Conversion therapy is wrong. PERIOD. As claiming there is something to heal and that you are closer to God if you are straight - is utterly laughable and ridiculous and WHO THE FUCK ARE THESE PEOPLE TO BELIEVE IN SUCH GARBAGE... have they ABSOLUTELY no common sense. The patients MUST take some semblance of responsibility as at no time, clearly, when kissing and cuddling and being butt fucked BY YOUR DOCTOR did this patient even think - once - that this was not right.


How breath takingly dumb can some people be.

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