A Woods Cross man charged with nine felony sodomy and child sexual abuse charges was sentenced to a minimum of 15 years in the state prison on Tuesday after pleading guilty to three of the charges.
Steven L. Tingey, 47, 875 W. Fifth South, was sentenced to three concurrent prison terms of five years to life on charges of sodomy upon a child and two counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child.One of the charges, sodomy upon a child, carries an additional minimum mandatory prison term of five, 10, or 15 years and Judge Douglas L Cornaby ordered Tingey to spend the maximum, 15 years, without parole.
The judge cited the number of incidents Tingey was involved in, the age and relationship of Tingey to the victims, and the ongoing nature of the offenses in giving him the maximum sentence.
Tingey was originally charged with eight first-degree felony counts of child sexual abuse, rape of a child, and sodomy upon a child, in addition to a third-degree felony charge of dealing in harmful or pornographic material to a minor.
In a plea negotiation, Tingey pleaded guilty to three charges.
The charges were filed in August and Tingey's trial was delayed several times for mental health evaluations, a change in his defense attorney, and for plea negotiations to be finalized.
The incidents, according to court records, occurred over a four-year span from 1984 to July 1988 in Tingey's Woods Cross home and involved two 10-year-old girls and a 14-year-old boy.
Tingey's attorney, Mary Corporan, cited his poor health and age and said he's been making progress in therapy in asking Judge Cornaby for jail and probation instead of prison time.
Prosecutor Brian Namba, however, said Tingey is not eligible for probation or jail under the minimum mandatory sentencing statute. He also asked for a mandatory AIDs test on Tingey, based on the findings of the Adult Probation and Parole pre-sentence investigation, and asked that the test results be given to the victims and their families. The judge agreed.