Invisible Children

Child of Todd and Lisa Mortensen

Content note: Case narratives include descriptions of severe violence inflicted on children, including abuse and neglect, sexual violence, torture, and murder, as well as mentions of suicide and domestic violence. They also include photos of victims and perpetrators of violence.


Todd Mortensen is alleged to have sexually abused a 12 year old girl placed in his home. The girl was in the process of being adopted by another family, but when this family began to struggle with caring for her they made private arrangements to place her with the Mortensens. Todd and Lisa Mortensen homeschooled the girl along with two other foster daughters and one adopted daughter. Todd convinced the 12 year old that their sexual relationship was appropriate in the eyes of God by showing her an error on her baptismal certificate that listed him as her husband. The family was Mormon. The girl was not Todd’s only victim, and this was not his first offense.

Date: April 4, 2010
Location: Farmington, New Mexico

Documents: Date:
NM man charged with sex assault of foster daughter 2010-04-03
Charges amended in foster father rape case 2010-04-06
Records show accused foster father bypassed state prior to sex charges 2010-05-03