A Bountiful woman faces up to 15 years in prison for falsely testifying that she was raped last spring by a Salt Lake man, who spent two months in the Davis County Jail awaiting trial.
Joan Davis, no age given, pleaded guilty Tuesday in 2nd District Court to swearing a false statement under oath, a second-degree felony. The charge carries a prison term of one to 15 years.According to court records, Davis reported a Salt Lake man, Ernest P. Dutson, 55, raped her in her Bountiful apartment Feb. 22 after threatening her with a knife.
Dutson was charged with aggravated sexual assault, a first-degree felony, and faced life in prison on the charge.
Davis testified on March 14 in Bountiful 2nd Circuit Court that Dutson had attacked her. Dutson was bound over to district court for trial and arraigned on the charge April 4, meanwhile being held in the county jail until his scheduled trial on May 10.
Davis contacted the Davis County attorney's office shortly before the trial and retracted her testimony, according to prosecutors, and charges against Dutson were dropped.
The false testimony charge was filed against Davis and Judge Rodney S. Page ordered the woman to undergo a mental evaluation. At her pre-trial hearing Tuesday, Davis pleaded guilty to the charge and Page set sentencing for Dec. 18.