Ryan McKnight

Ryan McKnight

LDS Church has Most Valuable Private Real Estate Portfolio in the US, Evidence Suggests

An investigation by Truth & Transparency reveals that, in July 2020, the LDS Church owned 1,754,633 acres across the country with a minimum market value of $15.7 billion.

Court Documents Reveal Mormon Bishop’s Failure to Report Led to Continued Abuse and an Additional Victim

The following article discusses sexual abuse and child pornography Sometime in 2010 or 2011, Paul Adams went to his Mormon bishop and confessed to not only molesting his young daughter, but also videotaping those sexual encounters and distributing them on the internet. What happened next, or rather what didn’t

Court Documents Show Local Mormon Leaders Failed to Report the Manufacturing of Child Pornography Following Confession

In early February 2018, a twenty-year-old man named Benjamin Alyk contacted the Davis County Attorney’s Office in Utah and informed them that he was prepared to confess to having manufactured and distributed child pornography when he was 15 and 16 years old. Alyk met with Brent Baggs, Investigator for

Director of Mormon Temple Videos Charged with First Degree Sexual Abuse of a Child

On April 2, 2019, Sterling Van Wagenen, noted film director and producer, was indicted in Utah on a single count of aggravated sexual abuse of a child. An arrest warrant  was issued on April 4 and Van Wagenen posted bail of $75,000 on April 8. The charge is a

False Story Removed From Newest Book on the Life of Mormon President Russell M. Nelson

A book exploring the life and teachings of Russell M. Nelson, current President of the Mormon Church, underwent a last minute edit before its public release on April 8, 2019. The publisher, Deseret Book, became aware that the book contained a faith promoting story with material inaccuracies.The story was

Sandy Police Investigating Van Wagenen for Second Instance of Sex Abuse

A document received through an open records request by Truth & Transparency from the Sandy Police Department has revealed that Van Wagenen is currently under investigation for a sex offense. In February, Truth & Transparency released a recording in which Sterling Van Wagenen, a noted executive producer and director of

Director of Mormon Temple Videos and Sundance Festival Co-founder Admits to Child Molestation in Early 90s

While at a sleepover with a friend in 1993, David woke up in the middle of the night to something that would haunt him for the rest of his life. His friend’s dad had his hand down his pants and was rubbing his penis. He jumped up and ran