A former Bountiful policeman was sentenced to two prison terms Friday in 2nd District Court for sexually abusing a young girl and a mentally impaired woman earlier this year.
Roger G. Closen, 50, was sentenced to consecutive zero-to-five-year prison terms and fined $2,500 by Judge Rodney S. Page, who also ordered him to pay any counseling costs his victims may incur.The judge sentenced Closen to prison after hearing testimony from psychiatrist Dr. Peter Heinbecker and a plea from Closen's defense attorney, Jack Helgesen, that he be sent to the Utah State Hospital instead.
Dr. Heinbecker testified that Closen is a pedophile and suffers from a personality disorder in addition to being under the stress of a messy and sometimes violent divorce action with his wife.
Closen was charged with three counts of forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony that carries a prison term of one to 15 years, for allegedly fondling two Bountiful women Jan. 8.
While awaiting trial on those charges, a fourth charge involving a young girl was filed. In a plea bargain,Closen pleaded guilty Aug. 5 to two reduced, third-degree felony charges of attempted forcible sexual abuse.
In a February preliminary hearing in Clearfield's 2nd Circuit Court, one victim testified that Closen responded to her apartment Jan. 8 after she reported a prowler.
He offered to teach her some self-defense techniques, the woman testified, but used that as a ruse to fondle and molest her instead. Closen's gun and uniform intimidated her, the woman testified.
After molesting her once, she testified that Closen returned the next morning, off-duty, and fondled her again and then molested and fondled her upstairs neighbor, a mentally impaired woman. Charges stemming from that incident were dropped in the plea bargain, however.
The judge said Closen had betrayed his oath to protect society and that Closen preyed on the mentally impaired and young girls, leaving him no choice but to impose the maximum prison sentence.