PROVO, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Police say a man who was accused of sexual abuse in Utah County is avoiding the law in Venezuela.
Eneudo Petit was an LDS bishop when he was accused of sexual abuse of two minor girls who are related to him. ABC 4 News has obtained his graphic, seven page arrest warrant that details the charges and allegations. To learn even more about the situation we also spoke to police and to people who know the 39-year-old wanted man.
One of those we spoke to is Ryan Ostler of Springville. "People like this need to be caught and brought to justice and punished for the things that they do." Ostler knows Petit because he served with him as a counselor of an LDS ward in Provo. "People respect Bishop's and find it hard to believe that something this atrocious could be done by someone that everybody trusted." Ostler says he served with Petit for two years and shared a lot of experiences - including one situation that is eerily similar to what Petit is charged with today. "A young girl came into his office and said that her uncle was molesting her."
According to arrest warrant - the Utah County Attorney charged Petit with sodomy on a child and aggravated sexual abuse of a child. Police tell me when the charges came down - Petit fled first to Nogales, Arizona. They say that is where he then went into Mexico. And they add he eventually made his way to his native Venezuela.
Ostler is sad about the charges, but also says Petit needs to man up and deal with them. "Fleeing the country and getting away from it. That makes it difficult to believe one is innocent with that behavior." Ostler is also worried that there could be more victims or future victims if Petit isn't caught. "Its important that people know. Its important that people are aware."
Ostler says that Petit's wife and children still live in Provo. Police say they've actually spoken to Petit over the phone in Venezuela, but no word on when or if they'll be able to bring him back to Utah to face the charges.