A 39-year-old Provo man who has pleaded guilty to sodomizing an 8-year-old girl and sexually abusing a 4-year-old girl will be sentenced Sept. 23 on the charges.
John Colvin Tanner, who originally was charged with raping a child, pleaded guilty to the sodomy charge, a first-degree felony, and the sexual abuse charge, a second-degree felony, during an appearance Friday before 4th District Judge Ray M. Harding. He faces possible prison sentences of five years to life and one to 15 years on charges, respectively.According to a stipulation of fact the defendant agreed to Friday, incidents leading to the sodomy charge occurred between August 1987 and last January, while the sexual abuse allegedly occurred between May and July of this year.
Deputy Utah County Attorney Kay Bryson said an original charge of raping a child, a first-degree felony, was amended to sodomy on a child in exchange for Tanner's guilty pleas.
Harding ordered a presentence report from Adult Probation and Parole and remanded Tanner to the custody of the county sheriff.