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Former church employee takes plea on sex offenses

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A former employee of the Mormon church has pleaded guilty to sexual offenses involving two children.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A former employee of the Mormon church has pleaded guilty to sexual offenses involving two children.

Court records show 43-year-old Timothy Bothell accepted charges of attempted aggravated sexual abuse and lewdness involving a child.

The Centerville man took a plea deal Tuesday in 2nd District Court.

Court records accused Bothell of exposing his genitals to a pair of girls and fondling one of them last year.

Police say the 11- and 13-year-old girls were family friends.

Bothell will return to 2nd District Court for sentencing Jan. 29.

Bothell was terminated by the church missionary department when charges were filed in August and relieved of another position as a local priesthood leader.

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