A Layton man who pleaded guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old girl placed in his home for adoption was sentenced to five years to life in prison Tuesday in 2nd District Court, then had the sentence suspended.
George W. Spader, 36, 1851 N. 440 West, Layton, was initially sentenced to five years to life in prison and fined $2,500 by Judge Douglas L Cornaby, who then put Spader on probation, ordered him to spend 30 days in the Davis County Jail and reduced the fine to $1,250.He also ordered Spader, who according to his attorney and several psychological evaluations suffers from depression and has suicidal tendencies, to continue his ongoing therapy sessions.
Spader was charged with rape of a child, a first-degree felony that carries a prison term of five years to life and a minimum mandatory sentence of 5, 10 or 15 years in prison. He was charged with having sexual relations with the girl in his Layton home in December 1987. The girl, according to court records, had been placed in the home as a foster child and potential adoptee.
In a plea negotiation with the Davis County attorney's office, Spader pleaded guilty to attempted aggravated sexual abuse of a child, still a first-degree felony but with no minimum mandatory sentence.
Cornaby noted the case has a different aspect, that the victim, although 13, is sexually active and "promotive." He also said he believes Spader will never again be involved in that type of a situation.