Terry Elrod Mitchell
According to the suit, which seeks $25 million in damages, Terry Elrod Mitchell, a witness in a 1981 criminal case being prosecuted by Roberts, was a vulnerable teenager with a history of sexual abuse when they met. Mitchell claims that Roberts used his access to her mental health records to deceive her, after which he drove her to a hotel, forced her into a room and then raped her.
The complaint alleges that Roberts “intimidated, coerced and manipulated Mitchell to have sexual intercourse nearly every day for several weeks.” Roberts is accused of using the threat of a mistrial in the criminal case as leverage to continue their relationship.
That prosecution launched an illustrious legal career for Roberts, known as Ricky, who was then 27 and unmarried. The defendant in the criminal case, a self-avowed white supremacist named Joseph Paul Franklin, had previously shot and paralyzed Hustler founder Larry Flynt. Mitchell was in a Salt Lake City park when Franklin shot two of her friends, at such close range that she was injured by shrapnel.