Sterling Van Wagenen, prominent Mormon filmmaker and co-founder of the Sundance Film Festival is behind bars for child molestation. We were the first to bring you this story. Read our coverage:
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 [embed document] was issued on April 4 and Van Wagenen posted bail of $75,000 on April 8. The charge is a first degree felony which, according to the charging document [document embedded here], carries a 15 year minimum sentence and up to life imprisonment if he is convicted.
A document received through an open records request by the Truth and Transparency Foundation (TTF) from the Sandy Police Department has revealed that Van Wagenen is currently under investigation for a sex offense.
Days after molesting David, Van Wagenen’s son's friend, Sterling Van Wagenen turned himself into police at the Salt Lake County Sheriff's office. In a transcript obtained by the Truth & Transparency Foundation (TTF), Van Wagenen implies he was encouraged to turn himself in by his therapist in Provo, Utah.
In an audio recording obtained by the Truth & Transparency Foundation (TTF), Van Wagenen describes a double life he lived for decades. After recognizing his bisexuality, he admitted to multiple extramarital affairs with both men and women, as well as one instance of sex abuse perpetrated on a minor.