FILE - In this April 5, 2018, file photo, plaintiff McKenna Denson, right, receives a hug from supporter Jenea Gillespie, left, after speaking with reporters during a news conference in Salt Lake City. A judge is refusing to dismiss a lawsuit claiming Denson was raped after the Mormon church allowed a man to oversee young missionaries in the 1980s despite a history of sexual misconduct. Her attorney says the Monday, August 13, 2018, decision will allow them to investigate for other possible victims. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Judge won't toss claim against Mormon church in rape case

August 13, 2018 - 3:54 pm

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A judge is refusing to dismiss a lawsuit claiming a woman was raped after the Mormon church allowed a man to oversee young missionaries in the 1980s despite a history of sexual misconduct.

McKenna Denson's attorney, Craig Vernon, says the Monday decision will allow them to investigate for other possible victims.

The Associated Press doesn't usually name alleged victims of sexual assault, but Denson wants her story to be public.

A Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spokesman says the court will discover the truth.

The church wanted the case dismissed because the allegations are decades old.

U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball tossed some claims, but allowed a fraud claim because Denson said she discovered the cover-up recently.

Kimball also dismissed the case against Bishop, who has denied assaulting her.

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