All in Abuse
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.
The TTF unequivocally supports California SB 360. It both protects survivors of abuse and holds religious institutions accountable while respecting the constitutional right to religious freedom. Religious repentance should always include restitution, and, in all criminal situations like that of abuse, restitution can only be made when justice is served by the laws of the land.
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.