Sex Cases Are Common Form of Utah Law Enforcer Misconduct


Sexual misconduct by peace officers occurs frequently in agencies throughout Utah, from metropolitan police departments to rural county sheriff’s offices, from the state patrol to the department of corrections, reports the Salt Lake Tribune. It is the most common reason – more than excessive force, falsifying reports or driving under the influence – that Utah officers lose their certifications or are suspended from their jobs, according to a review of Utah Peace Officers Standards and Training Council records.

The offenses include rape, attempted sodomy, child sex abuse, and having sex with inmates, parolees or people on probation. Recent examples include two county jail guards who had sex with incarcerated women; a police officer who improperly touched dancers at a saloon, and a deputy who had a sexual relationship with a probationer.


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