Head of Ethiopian Orphan Aid Organization Faces Child Sexual Abuse Charges

June 15, 2010

Utah (C hattahBox) – The founder of Village of Hope, an organization dedicated to caring for Ethiopian children, has waved a preliminary hearing after being arrested on suspicion of child sex abuse charges against the children he and his wife adopted.

Lon Harvey Kennard Sr. was arrested after two of his now-adult adopted daughters contacted police and claimed they had been sexually abused as children by their adopted father.

A grown adopted son then went onto Kennard’s computer and made copies of images he found there, which police have described as child pornography involving the two victims.

Kennard originally turned himself in on March 17, and waved the rights to a preliminary hearing early this morning.

“We want him to pay for what he’s done, and we want him to get help,” Verl Kennard, his son, said.

He has been arraigned on 43 charges of sexual exploitation of a child, and sexual abuse. More charges may be pending.

He remains in Wasatch County Jail awaiting trial.

Kennard and his wife have six biological children, and six adoptive children. All are grown.

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