Provider of Children's Safe House Pleads Guilty to Sex Abuse

Provider of Children's Safe House Pleads Guilty to Sex Abuse

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(Provo-AP) -- A child sex abuser who once provided a McGruff Safe House for children in his neighborhood has pleaded guilty to the sexual abuse of two young girls.

The guilty plea was entered yesterday, the day Carl Jensen of Orem was to have stood trial.

Defense attorney Mike Esplin said Jensen pleaded guilty on the understanding that the state would not file any additional charges.

Deputy Utah County Attorney Marianne O'Bryant agreed to those terms, suggesting that Jensen would serve enough time to keep him away from children permanently.

However, some victims and their family members felt Jensen should serve time for every child he abused.

Police believe Jensen molested as many as two dozen children at his Orem home, but the statute of limitations prevented prosecutors from filing all charges.

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

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