Teen Accused of Aiding Abduction of WSU Student

Teen Accused of Aiding Abduction of WSU Student

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OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- A Davis County teenager has been accused of aiding in the alleged kidnapping of a Weber State University student, and prosecutors want him tried as an adult.

The youth is accused of being an accomplice to Scott Allen Rainford, 34, who is being held without bail on charges of attempted murder, aggravated kidnapping and sexual assault in the alleged April 21 attack on his estranged wife.

Authorities said the youth, who is being held at the Farmington Bay Juvenile Correctional Center, is related to Rainford.

The youth, who was one day short of his 16th birthday at the time, was charged Tuesday in 2nd District Juvenile Court with attempted aggravated murder, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault.

Police have alleged the boy did some of the driving in a borrowed van during the woman's ordeal.

Deputy Weber County Attorney Dave Weiskopf, juvenile court prosecutor, said, "A person can be charged as an accomplice although they may not have committed the specific acts themselves."

A juvenile court hearing was set tentatively set for Thursday, at which prosecutors are to ask Judge L. Kent Bachman to certify the youth as an adult.

Police found Rainford and the woman at the Far West Motel in Kaysville. Officers said her hands and legs tied to bedposts, and her head was wrapped in tape.

Police had been tipped by a student who heard a cry and saw legs dangling from a van at a campus parking lot. She reported the van's license number.

Rainford's preliminary hearing is set for May 18 before 2nd District Judge W. Brent West.

Rainford had served as a reserve officer with the Ogden Police Department and as a seasonal deputy ranger at Pineview Reservoir for state Parks and Recreation.

The woman had filed a protective order against him in March, saying he threatened her with a gun after talking of taking his own life.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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