Jodi Hildebrandt, who was arrested with Ruby Franke and accused of child abuse, once spilled details about a client to the Mormon Church

Ruby Franke and Jodi Hildebrandt on their YouTube channel ConneXions.
Ruby Franke and Jodi Hildebrandt on their YouTube channel ConneXions.Screenshot / ConneXions YouTube Channel
  • Jodi Hildebrandt once shared details about a therapy patient to the Mormon Church without his permission.

  • Hildebrandt's therapy license was put on probation for 18 months after the incident.

  • Hildebrandt and YouTuber Ruby Franke were arrested Wednesday over allegations of child abuse.

Jodi Hildebrandt — the business partner of mommy YouTube vlogger Ruby Franke who was arrested alongside her and accused of child abuse — once spilled details about a therapy patient to the Mormon Church, according to Utah state documents.

Hildebrandt "discussed sensitive private information" about two clients, a couple, with Mormon Church leaders and Brigham Young University between April 2008 and March 2010, according to Utah Department of Commerce's Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing documents.

The discussions happened "on multiple occasions," the documents say.

In March 2009, Hildebrandt, "without having received signed authorizations or any other type of permission" from a patient, "disclosed sensitive confidential information" about a male client, "including a medical diagnosis," with the Honor Code Office at BYU, the documents say.

According to a 2012 story from The Salt Lake Tribune, the anonymous client said all of Hildebrandt's claims — including some about an alleged porn addiction — were false and led to a loss of church privileges and removal from BYU.

"She spent hardly any time knowing about my life," the unnamed client told the Tribune. "She didn't want to talk about my personal goals or my progress. She would only threaten me that if I didn't take more sessions and have my wife take more sessions, the alleged addiction would destroy my life."

Hildebrandt's therapy license was then put on probation in 2012 for 18 months.

In a statement to the Tribune, Hildebrandt's lawyer at the time said her license was "active and her practice has and will continue without interruption."

Hildebrandt is the founder and creator of ConneXions Classroom, which, according to its website, "is a different modality of healing that psychotherapy cannot offer you," with Hildebrandt developing courses and treatments focused on helping with "ravenous additions, feelings of worthlessness or inadequacy, conflicts in relationships, intimacy problems, communication breakdowns, and frankly any block that prevents having and creating peace and joy."

Critics of the group, including Franke's eldest daughter Shari, have said ConneXions has "extreme beliefs."

Hildebrandt was arrested on Wednesday in Springville, Utah, along with Franke on allegations of child abuse. Franke, a former famous family YouTuber with her popular channel "8 Passengers," created a new channel called ConneXions with Hildebrandt in June 2022.

As of Friday morning, local prosecutors say no court case had been formally filed yet after their arrest and they didn't have information on whether Franke or Hildebrandt had hired attorneys.

Both Franke and Hildebrandt are still listed as being "in custody" as of early Friday afternoon.

Correction: September 1, 2023 — An earlier version of this story misstated the status of Ruby Franke and Jodi Hildebrandt's case. Police said the two have been arrested; they have not yet been formally charged in court.

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