A 2nd District judge has reduced the prison term of a Bountiful man who pleaded guilty to a sexual abuse charge from five years to life in prison to five years on probation in addition to six months of home confinement.
Lynn H. McCreary, 67, 3586 Oakridge Drive, pleaded guilty Feb. 18 to attempted sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony, in a plea negotiation with the Davis County attorney's office.McCreary was charged with aggravated sexual abuse of a child and sodomy upon a child, both first-degree felonies with five-year-to-life sentences. The sexual abuse charge carries a minimum mandatory sentence of three, six or nine years and the sodomy charge a minimum mandatory term of five to 15 years.
McCreary acknowledged in court that he has had a severe drinking problem for the past 10 years, one that has left him physically and mentally impaired. He has been in treatment after evaluation at a private hospital.
Judge Douglas L Cornaby, noting McCreary's otherwise clean criminal record, ordered him to continue receiving treatment and warned him that even a single drink will violate his parole and initiate the prison term.
In addition to the home confinement, which will be supervised by Adult Probation and Parole agents, and the five years probation, the judge fined McCreary $1,250 and ordered him to pay any costs of counseling needed by the victim, an 8-year-old girl.
He also ordered McCreary to spend four hours a day, three days a week, doing community service under Adult Probation and Parole supervision until the judge releases him.
McCreary called his sentence "very generous."