Murrieta Man Arrested for Sexual Battery on Menifee Teenagers

Story updated at 10 a.m. with statement from LDS (Mormon) church: A Murrieta man was arrested this...

Story updated at 10 a.m. with statement from LDS (Mormon) church:

A Murrieta man was arrested this week for sexual battery upon two teenage females in the Menifee area following an investigation of incidents dating back to 2006, police reported today.

Todd Mitchell Edwards, 49, was arrested after an extensive investigation by Menifee Police. It was determined Edwards committed the sexual assaults in November 2006 and February 2012. The investigation revealed the suspect was known by the victims and their families.

Edwards is accused of sexual penetration with a foreign object upon a minor, sexual battery and witness intimidation. A third victim was identified during the investigation; however, the statute of limitations prevented criminal charges from being filed.

George Kramer, a spokesman for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, confirmed that Edwards is a member of the LDS church and is a former bishop of a ward in Menifee. According to Kramer, Edwards was released as bishop when the allegations came to light. He currently holds no position in the church.

"The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has zero tolerance for abuse of any kind," Kramer said. "Anyone who abuses a child is rightfully subject to both criminal prosecution and formal church discipline."

Sheriff investigators believe there may be other victims and urge them to come forward and contact law enforcement to report the crimes.

Anyone with additional information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Investigator John Wyatt, at the Menifee Police Department by calling 951-210-1000, or PerrisStation@RiversideSheriff.org.

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