Trial involving Mormon Church moved

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A 2013 lawsuit filed against The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints will require a pool of 100 potential jurors, prompting a judge to move the trial date back to later this month.

23rd Judicial Court Judge Christopher Wilkes made the decision after a nearly five-hour pre-trial hearing yesterday.

The Journal reports the case involves an alleged cover-up of allegations that Christopher Jensen, the son of local church officials, sexually abused several children over the course of more than five years.

The civil case contains nine plaintiffs.

Wilkes moved the trial to Jan. 17, 2018 during the hearing.

The trial is expected to last a minimum of six to eight weeks.


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