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FAMINGTON, Utah (AP) — A Utah judge told a former licensed social worker who has pleaded guilty to forcible sexual abuse of a 16-year-old female patient that his acts were "utterly reprehensible."

The Standard-Examiner of Ogden reports (http://bit.ly/1glEdYC ) that judge John Morris called out 36-year-old Scott Andrew Peterson in a Farmington courtroom while sentencing him to up to 15 years in prison.

Deputy Davis County Attorney Cristine Ortega says Morris took advantage of a vulnerable girl with serious issues who had been referred to him for counseling by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The girl told her local bishop about the abuse and the Mormon church reported it to authorities.

Peterson's attorney, Tara Isaacson, says her client has taken responsibility since it happened and asked the judge for a one year jail sentence.

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