The former secretary to the Layton police chief, who pleaded guilty in April to a felony charge of misuse of public funds, was given a suspended 0-to-five-year prison term Tuesday and ordered to spend 15 days in the Davis County Jail.
Virginia D. Johnson, 33, West Valley, admitted to diverting funds posted as bail by prisoners to her own use while working as secretary to Layton chief Doyle Talbot. She pleaded guilty to the misuse of public funds charge, a third-degree felony.Judge Rodney S. Page suspended her prison term and $5,000 fine, ordering her to pay a $625 fine and spend 15 days in the county jail, with work release. He also ordered her to do 100 hours of community service, noting Johnson has already repaid the money.
Court sources in the Layton 2nd Circuit Court indicate several thousand dollars was repaid. Prosecutor Carvel Harward in April said Johnson took several hundred dollars and "co-mingled it with her personal funds."
Defense attorney Stephen Oda Tuesday said Johnson was charged with too stiff of a crime. She should have been charged under a statute governing failure to turn over funds collected.
Johnson resigned from her job as Talbot's secretary last August, along with a part-time job as a Roy City fire dispatcher. The charges were filed in December.