The sentencing of a Georgia man who pleaded guilty in March to attempted sexual abuse has been postponed until June 2 so the defendant can be evaluated at a center for sexual offenders.
David G. Prescott, 35, originally was charged with raping an 11-year-old American Fork girl, a first-degree felony. The charge, which stems from incidents Sept. 1, 1987, was reduced to attempted sexual abuse, a third-degree felony, as a result of plea negotiations."It's obvious to the court that Mr. Prescott needs some help," 4th District Judge Cullen Y. Christensen said Friday.
He rejected a request by Prescott's attorney, Don Bybee, that the defendant be allowed to return to Georgia for treatment. The state must take steps to solve the problem where the crime occurred, Christensen said.
Prescott was ordered to undergo a 30-day evaluation at the Fremont Community Correctional Center in West Valley City to determine whether the center will admit him for treatment. He still faces a possible prison sentence of up to five years and a maximum $5,000 fine.
Prescott is free on his own recognizance.