A junior high teacher is considering whether to fight an attempt by authorities to extradite him to Nevada to face lewdness charges stemming from allegations lodged by a former student.
In a complaint filed Monday by the Douglas County district attorney in Nevada, Larry Robert Houtz, 40, faces charges involving a 12-year-old student in 1977.Houtz, a West Point resident, faces three counts of lewdness with a child and three counts of gross lewdness with a child.
He appeared in 2nd Circuit Court Thursday for an extradition hearing.
"We can give you a free ride back to Nevada to get this straightened out," said Judge Mark S. Johnson. "Or you can insist that they get a governor's warrant."
Houtz's lawyer said he wanted to review a police report and other documents from Nevada before making a decision whether to waive extradition.
Davis County Attorney Mel Wilson asked that bail be set at $10,000. Kelly Cardon, Houtz's attorney, argued for a reduction, saying his client has a clean record and that there is no risk he will flee.
But Johnson followed Wilson's recommendation.
Houtz was suspended without pay from his job as a band teacher at North Davis Junior High in Clearfield after the charges were filed in Nevada.
Cardon said a part of his client's defense will be that the eight-year statute of limitations on cases of lewdness has expired. Statutes of limitation limit the length of time authorities have to file charges after an alleged offense has occurred.
In Utah, the Legislature voted this year to eliminate the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse cases, but it covers only cases originating this year.