A Layton man with a prior sexual offense conviction facing life in prison without parole pleaded guilty to two sexual abuse charges Tuesday in 2nd District Court.
In a plea negotiation with the Davis County Attorney's Office, Earl Pagel, 48, pleaded guilty to a first-degree felony charge of attempted aggravated sexual abuse of a child and a third-degree felony count of attempted sexual abuse.The attempted aggravated sexual abuse of a child charge still carries a prison term of five years to life but does not carry the enhancement clause of life in prison without parole for the previous offense, according to defense attorney Ron Perkins.
Pagel originally pleaded not guilty to a charge of forcible sexual abuse of a child and was scheduled for trial Oct. 31.
Pagel pleaded guilty to sexually abusing one young boy in September 1989 in Layton and a second youth Aug. 6-7 of this year, also in Layton.
Cornaby scheduled sentencing for Oct. 30.