A politically conservative activist who identifies himself as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on his Facebook site was arrested on Friday June 11th, 2010 after police say he raped a 17-year-old girl. Twenty-five year old Keith Kuder of Orem, Utah was booked into jail on two counts of rape, a first-degree felony, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a class B misdemeanor. He has since been released on $1,500 bail. Media stories published by the Deseret News, the Salt Lake Tribune, and KSL Channel 5. This post combines and summarizes key information from all three sources.
Police claim that Kuder met the 17-year-old girl in an online chat room. He then brought her to his home on June 4th, gave her alcohol and raped her, despite her telling him to stop. A few days later, they met again at Kuder's home and he allegedly raped the girl a second time. After Kuder fell asleep, the girl opened his laptop and sent a message to one of Kuder's friends, describing what happened, claiming that she was scared, and asked the friend to come pick her up. The victim said the friend picked her up and took her to the police station.
In response, Kuder denied rape was involved, and said that the girl also had told him she was 20 years old. He also said he believes he was "set up", but refused to explain further and said his lawyer would release a statement later. But the Tribune reports that Kuder has previously been accused of stalking, and a judge in 2008 granted a woman a permanent civil stalking injunction.
According to Facebook, Kuder is presently employed as a marketing director for The Loft in Provo. The Loft is a non-alcoholic nightclub in Provo that serves high school students, college students, and has live concerts. Kuder is known to be active in Utah County politics, and unsuccessfully ran to be the Utah County Republican Party secretary in 2009. In addition to his Facebook site, Kuder also maintains another personal website.
Because Kuder is merely a suspect at this point, the LDS Church won't take action against his membership, although if he holds a calling involving close contact with teenagers, he might be released from that calling as a precautionary measure. Kuder does have a rather impressive personal resume, replicated below (after the jump):
Keith Kuder was first recognized by US Congressman Brad Sherman, the 27th District of California, for his Outstanding Service to the Community in 2001. Since getting involved with community programs, he has maintained a consistently conservative record reflecting the will of the people of the Republic Party. Despite growing up most of his life in a Liberal community, Keith has demonstrated a unique ability to build a consensus amongst friends and has worked across party lines to achieve results. Keith believes that we can reach solutions if we are not concerned about who gets the credit. A staunch defender of individual liberty and economic freedom, Keith Kuder has consistently demonstrated his strong support for government to be more fiscally conservative.
While living in Los Angeles, Keith helped to bring about Change. Keith went before the Los Angeles City Council and millions of viewers in 2002 and asked for a Police Chief more willing to enact reforms and community policing. The following day the Chief of Police, Bernard C. Parks, resigned. A very large part of success of any law enforcement agency is directly related to the community involvement.
He also lived in the Congressional District of Representative Henry Waxman, the 30th District of California, and helped bring about change there as well. Keith currently lives in the Congressional 3rd District of Utah. Keiths’ presence in the Utah community helps benefit the history of high profile investigations, solid conservative credentials, and tenacity in uncovering government waste, and candor in dealing with Democrats. In addition, Keith is a leader in Utah for providing College Student events. Keith has organized, managed, and marketed hundred of events with different associations for the benefit of the Charity’s and for conservative student dancing crowds. Believing in crowd management is something that keeps communities safe and crowds entertained.
For years Keith Kuder has served actively in the Republican Party. He has years of employment history involving world class customer service. He has attended DeVry University for a Major in Telecommunications Management. Keith currently spends time every week at the Missionary Training Center call center as a hobby. Keith was born in Los Angeles, California on July 30, 1984. He served a Spanish speaking LDS Mission in Knoxville, TN.
Of course, Michael Pratt also had an "impressive" personal resume, and we now know how that turned out.