Thursday, October 20, 2005


Prison Officer Sentenced For Assault

I took a day off, but readers sent me all sorts of things. We have some regulars - this, as so many others, comes from YH, but there's Aaaron and Jan, as well. And then a few people pop in from time to time with contributions. I appreciate it much!

As YH points out, this is a two-fer:

PROVO, Utah - Former state prison corrections officer Sean A. Register has been sentenced to 60 days in jail for aggravated assault in a sexual encounter that he said was consensual and the woman said was rape.

Register, 34, originally was charged with first-degree felony aggravated sexual assault after a 19-year-old woman he met on a Mormon dating Web site accused him of raping her at an Orem home last year.

Register said the relations were consensual and passed several lie detector tests administered by police officers and Corrections officials.

Based on the results, prosecutors dismissed all allegations of sexual misconduct and Register pleaded guilty to third-degree felony aggravated assault for lacerations and abrasions to the woman's genitals.

On Tuesday, 4th District Judge Samuel McVey gave Register credit for 48 days he had already served in jail. The judge also imposed a $925 fine and ordered the Register to complete any counseling deemed appropriate by probation authorities.

The woman had written the court a letter, asking for justice.

"I can only sentence him on what he's been convicted for,'' McVey said.

Defense attorney Greg Skordas said the felony conviction may be reduced to a misdemeanor at the end of Register's 36-month probation.

Register, who will not be required to register as a sex offender, was ordered not to have any contact with the woman.

"I am sorry for any hardship, or anything that transpired because of my actions,'' Register said.

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