A KTVX Channel 4 news co-anchor has been charged with having sexual intercourse with a 17-year-old girl.
Douglas Jardine, 41, co-anchor of "Good Morning Utah," was charged Friday in 3rd District Court with two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a 16- or 17-year old, a third-degree felony. Each count is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
Judge Robin Reese issued a $10,000 arrest warrant Friday. Jardine had not been booked into the Salt Lake County Jail Monday morning, according to jail records.
Monday, the Salt Lake City Police Department refused to release the report, a public record subject to Utah's public records access laws. Spokesman Cory Lyman declined to comment.
According to the charges, the girl told Salt Lake police detective H. Stringfellow during a June 22 interview that "she had sexual intercourse with (Jardine) on two occasions" at a Capitol Hill residence.
"She stated that the incidents occurred in April and May of this year," the charges state. The charges do not elaborate on how Jardine met the girl.
Jardine was not on the air Monday morning. His attorney, Tom D. Branch, did not return a request for comment.
KTVX general manager Steve Cohen was out of town Monday morning. In an Associated Press story, he said that "considering the nature of the charges against him, I will elect to suspend him effective immediately."
"He will be off the air until the charges are dealt with one way or another," Cohen said.Comment on this story
Under Utah law, it is a third-degree felony for an adult to have sexual intercourse with a 16- or 17-year-old if the adult is 10 or more years older than the teen.
Jardine, a Southern California native, graduated from Brigham Young University in broadcast journalism and has been with KTVX for six years, according to the stations's Web site. Prior to that, he worked four years as a media relations director for Huntsman Corp., six years at KUTV in Salt Lake City and five years for a Bismarck, N.D., station.According to the Web site, Jardine is married and has three daughters. His favorite "away from work" activity is coaching girls' fast-pitch softball, the Web site states.
Contributing: Associated Press