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FARMINGTON, Utah (AP) -- A Secret Service applicant convicted of sexually abusing two girls has been sentenced to one year in jail, with credit for six months served.
Brandon Jay Olsen, 29, of Murray pleaded guilty on Nov. 1 to two counts of sexual abuse of a child, dealing harmful materials to a minor and enticing a minor over the Internet.
He was sentenced Monday by 2nd District Court Judge Glen C. Dawson, who also ordered him to undergo therapy at Northern Utah Community Correctional Center.
Dawson warned Olsen that he could spend 36 years behind bars if he violated his probation.
The judge said a mother of one of the victims wrote a letter asking that Olsen spend the rest of his life in prison.
"That is probably what he deserves," Dawson said, but added that he wanted to give Olsen a chance and felt he could monitor Olsen's progress better if he was not sent to prison.
Deputy Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings said he was concerned about the public's safety if Olsen was not sent to prison.
Rawlings said investigators found 116 sexually explicit chats on Olsen's computer. He also said his concerns center around the facts that Olsen had been a 28-year-old married man, lying about his age and sending nude photos soliciting sexual activity to teenage girls in Davis County.
Olsen's attorney, Sean B. Druyon, said pre-sentence evaluations found Olsen to be at low risk to offend again.
Druyon said his client had a lapse in judgment when he communicated with a 13-year-old girl over the Internet in February 2004, drove to West Bountiful to pick up the girl and her underage companion, took them for a ride and then exposed himself to them and touched the girls under their tops.
Druyon said Olsen had represented to the girl on the Internet that he was 19 and she had said she also was 19. When they met, the girls said they were 16, and Olsen told them he was 24, Druyon said.
Druyon also said Olsen has been punished severely for his conduct. Olsen was just two classes away from completing his master's degree at Brigham Young University. His wife has divorced him, and he has not seen his 1-year-old son in five months.
Olsen also "has eliminated his chances of working for the Secret Service," Druyon said.
Olsen had to pass one final screening before being considered for hiring, the attorney said.
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