Man with extensive history of sex crimes appears in court on new cases in St. George

A defendant with a juvenile criminal history of sex crimes was in 5th District Court court Thursday on two recent cases involving rape and other charges filed last year in St. George.

A defendant with a juvenile criminal history of sex crimes was in 5th District Court court Thursday on two recent cases involving rape and other charges filed last year in St. George.



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ST. GEORGE — A defendant with a juvenile criminal history of sex crimes was in court on two recent cases involving rape and other charges filed last year in St. George, a hearing conducted to determine if the defendant, who has the highest risk rating, should remain free pending trial.

The Thursday hearing involved the case of 20-year-old Avery Jared Anderson, who faces one first-degree felony rape and two second-degree felony charges – sexual exploitation of a minor and aggravated assault. He also faces unlawful sexual activity with a minor more than four years younger – charges that were filed in two separate cases.

The proceeding was to rule on whether to revoke Anderson's pretrial release, a motion submitted by Washington County Prosecutor Jim Weeks.

During oral arguments before District Judge Keith C. Barnes, Weeks said Anderson "is a danger to the community," while defense attorney Ricky Bonewell countered, saying, "I don't see that he's any type of a danger."

Read the full article at St. George News.

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Cody Blowers
Cody Blowers is a reporter for St. George News. A graduate of Colorado Technical University, Cody earned her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with a minor in paralegal studies.

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