A former prison psychologist was given probation after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor drug charge.
Roger Thomas Pray, 52, pleaded guilty to illegal possession or use of a controlled substance, a class B misdemeanor, during a 3rd District Court hearing last month.Judge Anthony B. Quinn sentenced Pray the same day to a 45-day jail term. However, Quinn suspended the sentence in lieu of 12 months of probation and a $300 fine.
Pray, an 18-year Department of Corrections employee, was arrested June 13 by West Valley police after his vehicle was spotted parked along a seldom-used dirt road. Officer Joseph McCuen caught Pray and another man in a sex act.
The officer also found a pill bottle containing five marijuana cigarettes just outside the vehicle. According to a police report, Pray admitted the drugs were his, that he had met the man downtown and that they had later had sex.
The man told the officer that Pray had offered him $20 for a sex act.
Pray was also charged with pat-ron-iz-ing a prostitute, a class B misdemeanor, but prosecutors dropped the charge as part of a plea bargain.
During the early 1980s, Pray ran the prison's sex offender program at the Bonneville Community Corrections Center in Salt Lake City. Later, he was a therapist for sex offenders at the Utah State Prison. For the past two years, he had worked in the diagnostic unit.
He resigned from the Department of Corrections after being charged.