Former Police Officer Enters Plea in Sexual Abuse Case

Former Police Officer Enters Plea in Sexual Abuse Case

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(Orem-AP) -- A retired Orem police officer has pleaded no contest to charges he sexually abused a girl.

Sixty-one-year-old John Weatherly entered his plea yesterday to sexual battery of a child in an agreement with prosecutors.

In exchange, prosecutors reduced the charge from felony sexual abuse of a child.

Weatherly will be sentenced in February. He faces up to two years in jail and a five-thousand dollar fine.

The state had accused Weatherly of improperly touching a female acquaintance, under age 13, on June 13th, 2002.

County prosecutor Dave Sturgill says the child told her parents about the abuse, who then brought the information to police.

Weatherly worked at the Orem Police Department for 21 years, retiring in 1996.

He then worked for the Utah Peace Officer Standards and Training academy until last August.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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