Sam Penrod Reporting New details were released today involving the investigation of a Utah County Sheriff's Deputy accused of child sex abuse.
As Eyewitness News first reported last night, the deputy has resigned. The resignation follows an internal investigation into allegations of child sex abuse. Authorities today released a time line of when the child sex abuse allegations became known to the time the deputy resigned from the department.
In an official statement released today, the Utah County Sheriff's Department says it first learned of the allegations against the deputy on July 11th. The reporting agency was the Spanish Fork police department. The next day an internal sheriff's department investigation began and the deputy took family medical leave.
During the investigation the sheriff determined there was enough evidence to the allegations that the deputy was suspended without pay. Then on August 12th, the deputy resigned as the internal investigation was wrapping up before the sheriff could fire him.
A criminal investigation is now being handled by the Utah County Attorney's office to determine if criminal charges will be filed against the former deputy.