In February of this year, the Truth & Transparency Foundation released an audio recording made by Sean Escobar as he confronted his abuser as a child, Sterling Van Wagenen—co-founder of the Sundance Film Festival and director of many LDS Church-produced films, including the films shown in LDS temples. The story of the abuse and its impact has now made national news, spurred by the continuing coverage of The Truth and Transparency Foundation as it was revealed that even though the abuse was reported to LDS Church authorities, Sterling was not excommunicated, but went on to work as a professor at Brigham Young University and produce many LDS Church films.
Since the release of the audio recording by TTF, Sterling has since pled guilty to separate charges of child sex abuse in Utah and is currently awaiting sentencing.
In this interview, we share the complete audio recording of Sean’s confrontation with Sterling, and then we process how the abuse affected Sean’s life, including the fallout related to sharing the audio recording with The Truth and Transparency Foundation and the discovery of more victims.
Part 1 – A full audio recording of Sean’s confrontation with Sterling Van Wagenen:
Part 2 – Sean describes how the abuse affected his life: