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Dennis Empey
Perpetrator: Empey, Dennis - Mormon
Troop & Location: Grand Teton Coucil - Idaho, Island Park Scout Camp - Idaho, Utah National Parks Council, Great Salt Lake Council
Years in BSA: Put in the IV Files in 1988, Scouting 1983 - 1990's

Description/Convictions:

Raped a scout in 1983 at camp – reported it to the camp director but nothing was done.  Scout  later told LDS stake president, and the president verified that Empey was also being investigated for rapes in Provo.  Empey was Convicted of child molestation in May, 1991 and sentenced for 2 yrs. probation.  Post Register – Zuckerman

 

Evidence of LDS Knowledge:

1993-Victim Notified LDS Stake President 10 yrs after rape. The Stake president said they had already known of Empey’s molesting boys. Post Register Article – 6/23/05 – Peter Zuckerman

Dennis Empey in the News:

 

Timeline for Dennis Joe Empey:

DOB:  12/13/1957 St. Luke’s, Boise, Idaho
1972 Received specialized training in Boy Scout Leadership at Philmont Scout Ranch and Explorer Base (New Mexico.)  (Idaho Falls Post-Register, 6/22/1972)
1976 Selected to head the Red Beret Leadership Corps for the Cedar Badge Spirit of ’76 encampment scheduled for June 21-26 at the Treasure Mountain Scout Camp of the Tetons.  (Idaho Falls Post-Register, 2/9/1976)
May 1976 Commencement for Teton High graduates.  (Idaho Falls Post-Register, May 18, 1976)
Summer 1976 Serving as Youth Coordinator in Teton County for State Senator Stan Kress campaign.  Article states Empey will be attending Ricks College in the fall.  (Idaho Falls Post-Register, July 23, 1976)
1977 Provided entertainment (comedy team) at the first Teton Peaks Council Cub Scout Day Camp.  (Idaho Falls Post-Register, July 27, 1977)
Spring, 1981 Molested Scout with the Order of the Arrow at the LDS Chapel in Idaho Falls.
June, 1983 Empey flashed a gun and then raped a Scout at the Island Park Scout Camp.
June, 1983 The Scout reported the rape the next day to the camp director, Kim Hansen.  Hansen was friends with Empey and suggested to the Scout that if he couldn’t get along with Empey that he wouldn’t be welcome at the camp the next year.
September 1983 – April 1984 Empey attended BYU (BYU Police Department has no records pertaining to Empey.)
8/9/88 Letter from Paul Ernst to Reese Faulkner, Scout Executive with Utah National Parks Council requesting info on Empey.
8/30/88 Letter to Paul Ernst from Hart Bullock stating Reese Faulkner had spoken to Empey and that Empey “confessed to a totally separate sexual child abuse situation from the one that we were aware of.”  According to the letter, Empey had been “very active in Scouting in Idaho Falls and in Provo…”  Empey agreed to disassociate himself with Scouting activities.
12/6/88 Second request from Paul Ernst to Reese Faulkner for info on Empey.
12/12/88 Dennis Empey placed in the IV Files.
5/10/91 Dennis Empey befriended a family in Provo, UT., molested the children, was convicted and served a 2 yr. probation
1993 Dennis Empey moved back to Idaho, was hired back at the Teton Council to do graphic design work.
2007-2008 Active in the LDS Church. (online postings)
Fall 2011 A juvenile at a skate park in Driggs had a “bad feeling about a man who had been at the skate park.”  The man, who turned out to be Empey, had been taking pictures of kids and asking them to sign a waiver so he could post the pictures on the internet.  (Teton Valley News, September 29, 2011)