Former treatment center worker sentenced to 4 months jail, 4 years probation for attempted sex abuse – St George News

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Fifth District Courthouse, Cedar City, Utah, April 15, 2021 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News/Cedar City News

CEDAR TOWN — A former worker at a youth residential treatment center has been sentenced to 120 days in jail and four years probation after pleading guilty to attempted forced sexual abuse involving a 15-year-old girl who was enrolled at the center.

Kyler Williams (left) and attorney Troy Sundquist appear before 5th District Judge Ann Marie McIff Allen during Williams’ sentencing hearing, Cedar City, Utah, November 15, 2022 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News/Cedar City News

Kylar Fredrick Williams, 24, was sentenced Nov. 15 by 5th District Judge Ann Marie McIff Allen, who ordered Williams to report to the Iron County Jail by 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 to begin serve his four-month prison sentence. That sentence is to be followed by 48 months of supervised probation, the court ordered.

“I’m going to repeat what I think you already know, which (it’s what you did) was so far beyond the bounds of any acceptable conduct,” Allen told Williams during sentencing. “It is the intention of this court that you reflect on this during the period of your probation and that we never see you again in this context.”

According to the probable cause statement filed in support of his arrest, Williams was working at Zion Hills Academy in Enoch on January 20, 2022, when he allegedly allowed three teenage girls to use his vape pen. He also allegedly kissed one of the girls several times and grabbed her buttocks.

After learning of the incident, Zion Hills Academy officials notified Enoch police and Williams was immediately fired from his job, according to reports.

Formal charges were filed on February 23, with Williams initially facing one count of child sexual abuse, a Class A misdemeanor and three counts of supplying tobacco to a minor, a misdemeanor class C.

Later, after further investigation, including a review of facility surveillance footage, the first charge was upgraded to forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony. Then, as part of a plea deal, that count was later reduced to attempted forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony, to which Williams pleaded guilty on August 8. The other three charges were dismissed as part of the settlement.

Having had the chance to address the court before his sentencing, Williams said: ‘I went to therapy on my own to make sure I can get better and make sure I never end up in a situation like this.

2021 file photo for reference only of Iron County Jail, Cedar City, Utah, November 24, 2021 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News/Cedar City News

“It was just plain wrong on all counts,” Williams added. “I take full responsibility for it. No matter how it happened, it should never have happened. And my therapist really helped me through making sure it didn’t happen again. And for me , it helped me to see how it happened and what I can do to change, to move forward.

Defense attorney Troy Sundquist pointed to his client’s lack of criminal history.

“It’s his first move into the criminal underworld,” Sundquist said. “Throughout this process, he has been nothing but cooperative.”

However, prosecutor Trajan Evans said certain factors in the presentation report indicate that Williams could be considered at high risk for reoffending.

“The defendant was in a position of power and trust over the victim at a group home for girls,” Evans said. “The victim was vulnerable to abuse and she was under the watch of the defendant as she tried to recover from some of life’s challenges. However, he used this position of power to satisfy his own sexual desires.

“Although the defendant has no criminal history to his credit, his behavior is dangerous as it could have led to further criminal acts and escalation,” Evans added.

Although the third-degree felony charge carries a sentence of up to five years in prison, the court suspended the prison sentence and sentenced Williams to 120 days in prison, with credit given for the time already purged.

The judge also waived a $9,500 fine, but said Williams will still have to pay the $53 court security fee. Williams was also ordered to abide by all the terms of his probation and to have no contact or communication with the victim in the case.

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