Sentencing on a child abuse conviction for Proctor Advocate Director Layne Richard Meacham was postponed because of a motion filed by Meacham's lawyer on Monday.
A four-member jury found Meacham guilty March 3 of abusing a 16-year-old girl in his program last August.But his attorney, Jo Carol Nesset-Sale, filed a motion with 3rd Circuit Judge Michael K. Burton Monday seeking Meacham's acquittal or a new trial.
Nesset-Sale said the main point of her motion raises a question about the language of a West Valley City ordinance defining child abuse. Different versions of the ordinance may have been circulated during the trial, she said. One talks of legal guardianship, while the other uses the phrase "under his care."
Meacham did not have legal custody of the girl he is accused of abusing, she said.
Nesset-Sale also says the jury was improperly instructed and that prejudicial information was submitted during the trial by West Valley City Prosecutor Keith Stoney.
Burton scheduled a May 22 hearing to hear arguments on the motion. If sentenced on the misdemeanor conviction, Meacham faces a jail sentence of up to 6 months and a fine of up to $1,000.
Nesset-Sale said the certification status of Proctor Advocates is still unresolved. Meacham's license as a social worker was suspended Jan. 13 by the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing and the state attorney general's office.