Mormon Bishop arrested in Mesa for luring teen boy
Michael Wayne Coleman
MESA, Ariz. -
Mesa Police have arrested a 53 year-old Mormon Bishop for allegedly trying to lure a 16 year-old boy on Facebook.
Authorities arrested Michael Wayne Coleman on January 6th when a representative from Educatius International contacted Mesa Police about the concern.
Coleman allegedly made comments about getting a hug and kiss from the student on the social media website.
Educatius International suspended Coleman and seized his computer and cell phone as evidence for the police. Detectives obtained a warrant and found explicit conversations with a 17 year-old male on the internet.
Detectives say that Coleman acknowledge the conversations but did not admit to the sexual conduct, he then requested an attorney.
Investigators say that Coleman was a Bishop of the Lehi 2nd Ward, they have been informed he was removed from his position in the church.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spokesperson Eric Hawkins released this statement:
"The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has zero tolerance for abuse of any kind. Any person who engages in abuse is rightfully subject to both legal prosecution and formal church discipline. When these allegations surfaced, Coleman was released as a bishop to allow him to attend to legal proceedings. We are supportive of the efforts of authorities to ensure this situation is addressed appropriately."
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