SALT LAKE CITY — A man was sentenced to serve at least seven years in Utah State Prison Monday for sexually abusing young girls in the 1980s and 1990s.
David Allen Williams, 71, was originally charged March 26 in 3rd District Court and faced two counts of object rape of a child, a first-degree felony, and 23 counts of child sex abuse, a second-degree felony, charging documents show. As part of a plea deal made June 20, he pleaded guilty to seven counts of child sexual abuse, a second-degree felony, and in exchange, prosectors dropped the remaining counts with prejudice, court documents show.
Williams was sentenced to serve at least one year in state prison for each of the seven counts with a maximum of 15 years for each count.
Prosecutors had recommended that Williams serve two of his sentences consecutively and the remaining five concurrently.
However, Williams’ prison terms will be served consecutively, according to court documents filed Monday.
At most, he could spend 105 years in prison.
Williams’ victims ranged in age from 4 to 12 at the time of abuse, which occurred between 1983 and 1997 in Williams’ former West Valley neighborhood, police said.
The investigation began in October when one victim, now an adult, came forward and called police.
After that, more women came forward and told detectives that from 1983 to 1997 Williams had made them sit on his lap when they were in his house and inappropriately touched them, according to charging documents.
One woman told police Williams groomed her by telling her she was his "special little buddy" and that they had a "special friendship."