The sentencing of a former Boy Scout leader charged with child sexual abuse has been delayed until Feb. 10 to give the 4th District Judge who is hearing the case more time to consider appropriate punishment and treatment.
"This is a long, deep-seated problem you have," Judge Cullen Y. Christensen told the defendant, 35-year-old Allen Washburn.Washburn, who admitted he needs help, told Christensen he disagrees with those who have diagnosed him as being a pedophile. He said he has a homosexual problem rather than a problem with pedophilia, which is an abnormal sexual desire in an adult for children.
In December, Washburn pleaded guilty to one count of sexual abuse of a 9-year-old boy as part of a plea agreement in exchange for the dismissal of a second count of the same charge. In Spanish Fork Circuit Court, he also faces two counts of forcible sexual abuse involving two boys, ages 15 and 16. The charges stem from incidents last summer at Boy Scout Camp Maple Dell in Payson Canyon.
Christensen is faced with the option of having Washburn undergo a 90-day diagnostic examination, committing him to a treatment center for 18 months or sending him to prison.
Defense attorney Wayne Watson said his client needs help but argued against sending him to a treatment center.