A 35-year-old Santaquin man has received a suspended prison sentence of one to 15 years on a charge of sexually abusing his 13-year-old daughter.
The defendant, Jon F. Limb, however, must spend six months in jail and pay $1,250 in fines as part of an 18-month probationary period, 4th District Judge Allen B. Sorensen ordered Friday. The judge granted Limb release time from jail for work and continued psychiatric therapy, which he also ordered as a term of probation."In my book, this is a very serious offense," Sorensen said after rejecting a motion by public defender Michael Esplin to sentence Limb to only 30 days in jail.
Limb originally was charged with rape of a child, a first-degree felony, in connection with incidents alleged to have occurred last Oct. 1 at his home. He pleaded guilty to the sexual abuse charge, a second-degree felony, as a result of plea negotiations with prosecutors.
Had Limb been found guilty of child rape, he would have faced a mandatory term of five, 10 or 15 years in prison.
"Mr. Limb already has had some consideration in the reduction of the sentence," Sorensen told Esplin. However, Sorensen granted a sentence review after the defendant has served 120 days in jail.
Commenting before being sentenced, Limb said he feels he must make amends, adding that jail time "won't change that."