Girls adopted by Lon and DeAnna Kennard

2 (or more) girls from Ethiopia, adopted by Lon and DeAnna Kennard in the 1994 and 1995, were sexually abused by their adoptive father. Kennards adopted 4 girls and 2 boys from Ethiopia and had 5 older living bio children. Lon also sexually abused at least one of his bio daughters.

The Kennards were founders of the charity/adoption facilitator Village of Hope. At the time the abuse started Lon Harvey Kennard, Sr was Bishop of the LDS Church.
DeAnna B Kennard filed for divorce three days after Lon Harvey Kennard, Sr. was charged. Lon plead guilty to aggravated sex abuse of a child.
Date: 2010-03-22
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father
Fundamentalist faith: yes


Heber City, Utah
United States
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A second family1998-05-03
Making Room for Just One More; Lon and DeAnna Kennard2006-07-10
With Joy Shall Ye Draw Water; LDS Couple brings Well to Ethiopian Village2006-07-11
Adopting kids, adopting a village2009-04-25
Building a home in a dome2009-04-25
Head of Heber City nonprofit booked on child sex felonies2010-03-22
Children's charity co-founder charged with child sex abuse2010-03-23
Heber charity founder Lon Kennard Sr. charged with years of sexual abuse2010-03-23
Family apologizes after sexual abuse arrest2010-03-24
Bail denied for Lon Kennard Sr., founder of Heber charity2010-03-24
Deanna B Kennard vs Lon Harvey Kennard2010-03-26
Man charged with child sex abuse waives preliminary hearing2010-06-14
Man charged with child abuse to get new lawyer2010-09-09
Co-founder of charity for African orphans pleads guilty to child sex abuse2011-09-07
Village of Hope founder pleads guilty to child sex abuse2011-09-08
Children's charity co-founder sentenced in sex abuse case2011-11-03
A Crackdown on International Adoptions2012-02-07
Lies in the Land of Hope - part 1-42013-08-01


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