Sen. Darrell Renstrom, D-North Ogden, walked over and hugged his young son as the six-man, two-woman jury, which will decide the fate of the senator, walked out of the courtroom.
Renstrom is being tried on a second-degree felony charge of forcible sexual abuse. He is accused of propositioning a 19-year-old North Ogden man on June 22 and then grabbing him.Jury selection began Wednesday morning, and the eight-member panel was seated and sworn in about 5 p.m. The press and the public were not allowed in the chambers during the selection. Opening statements began Thursday morning.
The 57-year-old Ogden public defender and local attorney is expected to testify during the trial, which should go to the jury on Friday.
First District Judge VeNoy Christoffersen of Logan is presiding over the trial and Davis County Deputy Attorney Brian Namba is prosecuting because of Renstrom's close ties to the Weber County legal community.
The senator is seeking re-election this November against Republican challenger Boyd K. Storey, a former Weber County commissioner.