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Prison ordered for Kearns man in sex abuse case of boy he met at church

Published: Friday, Sept. 27 2013 4:38 p.m. MDT

Michael Driggs, 62, has been sentenced to three years to life in prison in the sex abuse case involving a 12-year-old boy he met at church.

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SALT LAKE CITY — A man convicted in a sexual abuse case involving a young man he met in church will serve up to life in prison.

Judge Randall Skanchy sentenced Michael Driggs, 62, to serve three years to life in prison for attempted aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony.

Police say Driggs abused the boy in 2004 and 2005 when the victim was 12 and 13. Driggs helped the boy set up an email account, which he used to send him pornographic movies and photos, according to the charges. Prosecutors said he sexually abused the boy when he came to the Kearns house where Driggs lived at the time.

Driggs was originally charged with aggravated sexual abuse of a child and four counts of sodomy on a child, all first-degree felonies, and providing harmful material to a minor, a third-degree felony. Those were dropped in exchange for his guilty plea.

Driggs was convicted in 1985 of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor in Maricopa County, Ariz., and was required to register as a sex offender for life.

— Whitney Evans

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