Tim Ballard’s Departure From “Operation Underground Railroad” O.U.R. which was the subject of a hit movie Sound of Freedom under Jim Caviezel who played Jesus Christ in The Passion of the Christ and who played the man being accused of sexual misconduct Tim Ballard in the movie Sound of Freedom. “Operation Underground Railroad” is supposed to be saving women from sex trafficking and rape and now the head of that organization is being accused of Sexual Misconduct by at least seven women. The Mormon Church condemns Tim Ballard and his activities.
Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, says three things: (1) For some reason God put a check in his spirit about the movie Sound of Freedom even though the great Jim Caviezel was behind it. Whyte did not watch the movie nor recommend the movie. Whyte says now he knows. The Mormons were behind it, and Ballard, who has been condemned by the Mormon Church, was allegedly committing sexual misconduct crimes with some of the women. (2) Born-again-saved Christians should not support Mormon-based ministries or movies. Mormons are not Christians and never have been. They are a large cult, and they always have been. (3) Whyte has always been concerned about men, even in the Church, who seemingly are overly eager to work in the sex trafficking movement. There should not be any operations where a man has to ask a female employee to act as his wife, shower with him, and sleep in the bed with him to deceive the traffickers to try to save a child. By the way, no woman should allow herself to be so silly-minded to even contemplate doing that with any man who is not her husband. Even if you are not a born-again-saved woman, God has blessed you with commonsense and a conscience that tells you not to do something like that. That’s Mormon evil foolishness. Rule #1 for religious work or faith work: YOU CANNOT DO EVIL TO DO GOOD. Sadly, through the evangelical movie promotion machine, millions of Christians were deceived in supporting a Mormon-backed operation full of corruption, sin, and evil. Men who are engaged in sex trafficking need to have their wives with them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. PERIOD. FULLSTOP!
Tim Ballard’s exit from Operation Underground Railroad earlier this year followed an investigation into claims of sexual misconduct involving seven women, according to sources with direct knowledge of the organization.
Sources familiar with the situation said that the self-styled anti-slavery activist, who appears to be preparing for a Senate run, invited women to act as his “wife” on undercover overseas missions ostensibly aimed at rescuing victims of sex trafficking. He would then allegedly coerce those women into sharing a bed or showering together, claiming that it was necessary to fool traffickers. Ballard, who was played by Jim Caviezel in the hit film Sound of Freedom, is said to have sent at least one woman a photo of himself in his underwear, festooned with fake tattoos, and to have asked another “how far she was willing to go,” in the words of a source, to save children. These sources requested anonymity because they fear retaliation.
The total number of women involved is believed to be higher than seven, as that would only account for employees, not contractors or volunteers. One source close to OUR has detailed knowledge of Ballard making sexual advances to a volunteer using methods similar to those he allegedly used with OUR employees. Those methods are also consistent with his conduct toward another former volunteer who spoke to VICE News.
In response to a detailed request for comment, a spokesperson for Operation Underground Railroad told VICE News:
Tim Ballard resigned from O.U.R. on June 22, 2023. He has permanently separated from O.U.R.
O.U.R. is dedicated to combatting sexual abuse, and does not tolerate sexual harassment or discrimination by anyone in its organization.
O.U.R. retained an independent law firm to conduct a comprehensive investigation of all relevant allegations, and O.U.R. continues to assess and improve the governance of the organization and protocols for its operations.
To preserve the integrity of its investigation and to protect the privacy of all persons involved, O.U.R. will not make any further public comment at this time.
O.U.R. is confident in its future as the leading organization committed to combatting sex trafficking and saving children who have been captured and sold into slavery.
The information from the sources with direct knowledge of OUR corroborates an anonymous letter that’s been circulating in the Utah philanthropic community for the past several months, which accuses Ballard of sexual harassment. VICE News first reported on the letter in July; the journalist Lynn Packer published it in full on Sunday.
“Several weeks ago, an OUR employee who accompanied Tim on an undercover operation filed a sexual harassment complaint against him with OUR’s HR department,” the letter, which was sent this summer to donors to anti-trafficking causes, reads. “This resulted in an extensive internal investigation into Tim and his individual operational tactics and led to more women speaking up as part of the investigation process.
“It was ultimately revealed through disturbingly specific and parallel accounts, that Tim has been deceitfully and extensively grooming and manipulating multiple women for the past few years with the ultimate intent of coercing them to participate in sexual acts with him, under the premise of going where it takes and doing ‘whatever it takes’ to save a child.”
The letter further said that OUR’s board and lawyers had made agreements preventing executives from discussing the circumstances of Ballard’s exit from the organization he founded, making it “virtually impossible for them to defend the organization against Tim’s false narratives.” The author or authors of the letter did not respond to requests for comment. An OUR spokesperson did not dispute what was in the letter when asked about it by VICE News In July, or respond further when told that reporters could only take this as confirmation of its accuracy.
Women believed to be at the center of the investigation have not responded to requests for comment, or have declined to comment. People who know them say they fear retaliation and the effects scandal could have on OUR as it seeks to move on without Ballard—whom sources say is currently trying to work his way back into the organization.
Ballard did not respond to requests for comment submitted through his personal website; that of his new organization, the SPEAR Fund; and through a spokesperson whom OUR previously told VICE News is his personal representative.
Ballard, an ally of Donald Trump—he held an appointed post on a public-private anti-trafficking council in the Trump administration, and recently hosted the former president on his podcast—has said he’s strongly considering a run for the Senate seat set to be vacated by Mitt Romney. Speculation in the LDS community indicates that he’s planning to announce his bid on October 10. Last week, a spokesperson for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a statement to VICE News that contained a pointed rebuke of Ballard. The statement accused Ballard of inappropriately using the name of a church elder, President M. Russell Ballard—the two are not related, despite sharing a last name—“for Tim Ballard’s personal advantage and activity regarded as morally unacceptable.”
The church did not specify in its statement what activity it regarded as “morally unacceptable.”
Over the weekend, Ballard responded to VICE News’ reporting by giving an impassioned speech to a small crowd in Boston in which he said, “It’s not true, nothing you hear is true.” He also said he outright did not believe that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints condemned him in a statement issued to VICE News—something that did in fact happen, as has been confirmed by multiple Utah news outlets.
Source: Vice.com, Anna Merlan
LDS Church takes down articles promoting Tim Ballard, Operation Underground Railroad
Removed the same day of Church issuing a statement condemning Ballard for “morally unacceptable” behavior
SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has removed articles promoting Tim Ballard and the nonprofit he founded, Operation Underground Railroad (OUR).
The removals occurred on the same day of the Church releasing a statement citing betrayal and condemning Ballard for “morally unacceptable” behavior.
The statement was in response to documents obtained by VICE News, detailing a criminal investigation into Tim Ballard and his nonprofit; “Tim is fully convinced that he is supposed to be the ‘Mormon Messiah and lead people back to the church.’”
The documents reportedly outline how prosecutors believe Ballard communicated with a psychic to speak to the prophet Nephi “to get intel” on how to rescue children.
OUR was reportedly under criminal investigation for communications fraud and witness tampering, and at least a portion of that investigation has concluded.
The Church’s condemnation of Ballard was released to several media outlets but was not posted on the Church’s official website.
In a video obtained by FOX 13 News on Saturday, Ballard stated he did not believe the condemnation was accurate or truly came from the Church.
“I don’t believe the Church did this,” he said in the video. “I truly don’t. Can you imagine that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints would publicly condemn one of its members?”
The Church’s statement was sent directly to FOX 13 News by Doug Anderson from his official ChurchOfJesusChrist.org email address.
Anderson has been the Director of Media Relations for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for nearly 15 years, according to his LinkedIn profile.
“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints never endorsed, supported or represented OUR, Tim Ballard or any projects associated with them,” the statement reads.
An article published by the Church entitled “Saving Children: Tim Ballard and Operation UndergroundRailroad” was last seen online on Friday, September 15, 2023.
By Saturday, the Church article forwarded to a page stating: “Page Not Found.”
“Tim Ballard has clear blue eyes – piercing, in fact – eyes that have seen far more trouble and fear than you or I probably ever will,” the article begins. “But his eyes have also seen immeasurable amounts of gratitude and hope from the innocent young victims he has helped rescue from the horrors of sex slavery.”
Ballard is quoted in the article stating: “There’s no question in my mind that this is the Lord’s work and that we are His hands. This is so important because it’s so important to the Lord… The Atonement heals all. It’s our job in the meantime to serve especially the downtrodden and the suffering, to liberate the captive.”
The Church article goes on to link to the nonprofit’s website for information about a new full-length documentary promoting OUR.
It also links to a “recent episode of Mormon Channel Daily” in which Ballard was interviewed, but that link also appears to no longer be active, instead redirecting to a home page.
The Church article refers to Ballard as “a former CIA operative.”
For years, questions have surrounded Ballard’s actual role with the CIA.
His Twitter bio states: “Former CIA & DHS: Undercover Operator.”
In an interview with FOX 13 News in February, Ballard clarified his role with the CIA was simply behind the scenes, as an analyst.
“It wasn’t operational stuff. It was an analyst/ officer position. It wasn’t, like, hands on,” Ballard said. “All the cool stuff I ever did was with (Homeland Security).”
Glenn Beck, one of Ballard’s partners, indicated on social media that Ballard had been “effectively excommunicated” from the Church “through ambiguous, but unquestionably damning statements” without being given “adequate notice” or the ability to respond.
Source: fox13now.com, Adam Herbets