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Utah Corrections fires former bishop

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A former LDS bishop facing sexual abuse allegations has been fired from his post as a state Department of Corrections administrator.

David James Gomez, 57, was fired Thursday as director of Utah Correctional Industries after prosecutors filed multiple sexual abuse charges against him, said Jack Ford, spokesman for the Department of Corrections.

As an at-will employee, Gomez "served at the pleasure of the executive director" of the Department of Corrections, Mike Chabries, and could be fired at any time for even the smallest disagreement.

"He doesn't have any right to the job," Ford said. "Your job isn't protected. He can't appeal."

Gomez was charged Thursday with three counts of sodomy on a child, a first-degree felony, and three counts of sexual abuse of a child, a second-degree felony.

According to court documents, the alleged abuse began in 1989 when the then-13-year-old victim sought counseling from Gomez, who was serving as bishop of the Hunter 10th Ward in West Valley City.

Alan H. James will replace Gomez at Utah Correctional Industries. As director, James will oversee nearly 750 inmates and a $17 million a year budget.

James has worked at UCI for 13 years, most recently as the deputy director.