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Man testifies in suit alleging Mormons overlooked sex abuse

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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - A man accused in a West Virginia lawsuit along with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of covering up years of child sexual abuse says he was unaware of the allegations that led to his son's conviction until he was charged.

The Journal reports Chris Jensen testified Tuesday in the trial of a lawsuit filed by plaintiffs on behalf of nine families.

Plaintiffs contend the Mormon Church knew about member Christopher Michael Jensen's sexual abuse convictions and allegations but "did nothing to warn and protect" their children. The church denies the claims.

Christopher Michael Jensen was sentenced in 2013 to 35 to 75 years in prison for sexually abusing two children. Jensen's father said Tuesday no one told him about those allegations until a 2012 hearing.

Information from: The Journal, http://journal-news.net/

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