Spanish Fork Man Gets 45 Years for Abusing Teen

Spanish Fork Man Gets 45 Years for Abusing Teen

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(Provo-AP) -- A Spanish Fork man will spend up to 45-years behind bars for sexually abusing a disabled teenager.

38-year old Joseph Engle stood quietly while he was sentenced yesterday for sexually abusing the 16-year old boy.

The judge also fined Engle five-thousand dollars for one of the four second degree felony forcible sexual abuse charges.

Prosecutors say the victim had the emotional maturity of a seven-year old and Engle took advantage of it by forcing him into sexual acts.

Engle says he admitted he committed the crimes before he was arrested.

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

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