Trial for State Sen. Darrell Renstrom, D-North Ogden, who is charged with forcible sexual abuse, has been continued until Aug. 17.
Renstrom was arraigned July 18 on the second-degree felony charge after a 19-year-old man told police that the senator grabbed him while they were riding around in a car.Renstrom was scheduled to stand trial Friday.
The 57-year-old senator is accused of propositioning the teenager on June 22 and then grabbing him. The North Ogden teenager reported the incident to police.
If convicted, Renstrom could be sentenced to serve from one to 15 years in prison. Renstrom, an Ogden City public defender, has denied the allegation.
First District Judge VeNoy Christoffersen will preside over the trial and Davis County Deputy Attorney Brian Namba will prosecute the case because of Renstrom's close ties to the Weber County legal community. A pretrial hearing is scheduled in Logan Friday before Christofferson.
Renstrom was first elected to the Senate in 1972, resigning his post as assistant Weber County attorney. He is seeking re-election this Novemeber against Republican challenger Boyd Storey, a former Weber County Commissioner.