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Sam Penrod ReportingA former police officer pleads guilty to molesting children, and offers a public apology to his victims. The suspect in this case was a veteran Utah County Sheriff's Deputy who resigned in July when the allegations surfaced. The sexual abuse dates back to as far 1987, but is believed to have stopped nearly ten years ago.
By all accounts Sean Davis was a well-liked and respected deputy sheriff. And that's what makes this case so troubling.
Sean Davis struck a plea agreement with prosecutors to four first-degree counts of child sex abuse. The deal means Davis will go to prison, but none of his victims, all of them now adults, will be forced to testify.
The abuse occurred in the deputy's Utah County home, but is not believed to have occurred while Davis was on duty. Davis worked for the sheriff's department for several years and apologized for bringing disgrace to the force.
After the investigation began, Davis checked himself into a Nevada sex offender program. Sean Davis will be sentenced in January; he faces a minimum mandatory sentence of three years to life in prison.