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Member of Governor Gary Herbert's office arrested in child sex abuse case

Published: Tuesday, March 8 2011 2:41 p.m. MST

Stephen J. Coleman, a budget and policy analyst for the governor's office, has been arrested for investigation of 30 counts of child sex abuse.

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BOUNTIFUL — An analyst in Gov. Gary Herbert's Office of Planning and Budget has been arrested for investigation of multiple counts of child sex abuse.

Stephen J. Coleman, 40, a budget and policy analyst for the governor's office, was arrested and booked into the Davis County Jail for investigation of 10 counts of object rape of child, 10 counts of sodomy of a child and 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child.

Coleman is accused of sexually abusing two female relatives, both under the age of 12, for several years, said Bountiful Police Lt. Sol Oberg. He was arrested Monday about 4 p.m. at his office at the Utah Capitol.

"We did not treat him differently. He was booked into jail like we would everybody else," Oberg said.

Oberg said when officers arrived, the governor's office was cooperative and Coleman was taken into custody without incident.

The governor's office released a brief statement Tuesday regarding the arrest.

"Stephen Coleman's arrest is not job-related and he is on personal leave. We will support and cooperate with authorities as they conduct their legal investigation."

Coleman reported to the state's budget director and not to Herbert personally.

Police were notified of the allegations at 11:30 a.m. Monday after receiving a call from the Division of Child and Family Services. DCFS became involved after receiving a call from a concerned third party who knows the family, Oberg said.

The investigation was still ongoing Tuesday, but there was no immediate evidence that additional victims were involved.

Coleman, originally from England, has been on the governor's staff since 2009.

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