Lawsuit claims boys molested at Maui Mormon camps

Published On: Jan 23 2014 11:33:06 AM HST
HONOLULU -

A lawsuit alleges a Mormon church camp coordinator molested boys who were picking pineapples on Maui.

Jacob Huggard and Kyle Spray say they were molested by a coordinator who oversaw hundreds of boys at a camp from 1986 to 1988.  Both men are now living in Pleasant Grove, Utah.

According to the lawsuit filed Wednesday, the church recruited hundreds of teen boys from Utah and southeastern Idaho to work in Maui pineapple fields in the 1970s and 1980s.  The camps closed in the 1990s.

The church says in a statement that it doesn't tolerate abuse and works actively to prevent it.  The church says it "will examine the allegations and respond appropriately."

The lawsuit is possible because of a Hawaii law that suspends sex abuse statute of limitations until April.

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