A Provo man who last summer pleaded guilty but mentally ill to two counts of child sexual abuse has been sentenced to two concurrent terms of one to 15 years in the state prison.
Calling his crimes "reprehensible," 4th District Judge Cullen Y. Christensen also fined Jimmy Walter Crook, 39, $781 on each of the second-degree felony charges. "There was great harm caused to these children," he said of the abuse, which occurred last June."I'm sorry for what has happened," Crook said. The defendant, who has undergone several mental examinations since pleading guilty last Aug. 12, requested that he be placed on probation or given jail time with work release.
Defense Attorney Tom Patton called incarceration the worst possible alternative and told Christensen that Crook needs treatment for his mental illness.
Christensen, however, reminded Patton that three centers with sexual-abuse programs, including the State Hospital and Fremont Community Correctional Center, are "not willing to accept Mr. Crook for treatment" because of his "present state of mind."
Reports indicate that the defendant has a mental illness and suffers from pedophilia, Christensen said, but that the extent of his illness doesn't merit commitment.
Jim Taylor, deputy county attorney, said Crook had been given "every opportunity," was a threat to the community and that the court had no choice but to send him to prison.