A Layton man with multiple convictions for child sexual abuse will likely spend the rest of his life in prison, which a 2nd District judge said is "not an unjust sentence."
Earl Pagel, 48, asked Judge Douglas L Cornaby on Tuesday for one more chance, saying he has done some good things and believes he can turn his life around.But Cornaby noted Pagel served a previous prison sentence for sexually abusing young boys, apparently didn't learn a lesson from it and continued to prey on young teenagers, giving them alcohol and other inducements.
Pagel was originally charged with aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony that carries a prison term of five years to life and, because of Pagel's previous conviction, an enhancement and minimum mandatory prison term.
He was also charged with attempted sexual abuse of a child, a third-degree felony with a zero-to-five-year term.
In a plea negotiation, Pagel pleaded guilty to attempted sexual abuse of a child, which is still a first-degree felony but does not carry a minimum mandatory prison term. He also pleaded guilty to the third-degree felony, and prosecutors agreed not to ask for the five-year enhancement.
The incidents, according to court records, occurred in Layton in 1989 and August of this year. Pagel hired teenage boys to do work around the apartments he managed and then took advantage of them, according to an Adult Probation and Parole pre-sentence report.
Defense attorney Ron Perkins said Pagel acknowledges he has a problem but has never, even during his prior prison term, received help for it. He recommended Pagel be placed in an inpatient counseling program.
Cornaby sentenced Pagel to five years to life on the first-degree felony charge and a consecutive zero-to-five-year term on the third-degree felony charge.
He fined Pagel the maximum $10,000 plus a $2,500 surcharge on the first charge and the maximum $5,000 plus a $1,250 surcharge on the second charge, plus ordering him to pay any counseling costs of his victims.
Noting that the consecutive terms may mean the 48-year-old Pagel could never be released from prison, Cornaby said it "will not be an unjust sentence if you spend the rest of your life in prison."