Mormon Deputy Sheriff Charged With Child Sex Abuse Confessed To Bishop, LDS Church Remained Quiet



“A Utah County sheriff’s deputy has been extradited to Arizona to face charges of sexually abusing two children who reported allegations against him more than two decades ago.

The case also cost him his job, a sheriff’s office spokesman said Tuesday.

Gerald Salcido, 63, is charged in Maricopa County with three counts of sexual conduct with a minor, a class 2 felony, stemming from allegations that date back to 1985. Salcido was extradited and booked into Maricopa County Jail on Monday.

Salcido is accused of molesting two girls, ages 7 and 8, while they were visiting his home. The case was investigated in 1995 when the girls came forward to police, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The first victim, who was 8 at the time, reported that Salcido came into a room where she was alone and touched her inappropriately, according to the affidavit.

The second victim told police that when she was 7 years old, Salcido came into the room naked and engaged in inappropriate touching until she ran into a bathroom and locked the door. According to the report, the girl said Salcido knocked on the door and asked if he could watch her. When she was about 3 years old, the girl told police, Salcido took her into his bedroom, locked the door and sexually abused her.

The girl also told police she had seen Salcido sexually abuse a 4-year-old child, according to the affidavit.

Mesa police detective Steve Berry said police questioned Salcido in 1995 when the two girls came forward, but the investigation went cold when detectives didn’t have enough evidence to move forward with prosecution. The investigation was reopened when a new witness came forward in 2017.

According to the affidavit, Salcido denied the allegations against him when he was questioned by police in 1995.

Investigators were later told Salcido had confessed to his LDS bishop, the affidavit states. They confirmed that he had been excommunicated from the church.

Police also spoke to Salcido’s ex-wife, who said Salcido had admitted to her that he had sexually abused the two girls and “other possible victims,” according to the affidavit.

Salcido was an officer with the Mesa Police Department from 1980 to 1986, spanning the time of the alleged abuse, according to Berry. He left the department to start a new business, Berry said.

In October 1990, Salcido was hired by the Provo Police Department, according to Provo Police Sgt. Nisha King. He remained with the department until November 2002, when he was hired by the Utah County Sheriff’s Office.

According to King, the department has no record of ever being informed of the 1995 investigation, when Salcido was employed there, and no internal affairs inquiry was ever opened in the matter.

At the time of his arrest, Salcido had worked for the Utah County Sheriff’s Office for 14 years, according to sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Spencer Cannon.

He was fired Friday under an office policy allowing for termination of employees who don’t show up to work for three days in a row and don’t have proper justification, Cannon said. The firing came after a week of unpaid administrative leave that began upon his arrest.

Cannon said Salcido may be able to appeal the firing if he is not convicted.

Bail for Salcido in Maricopa County is set at $75,000.”

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