FARMINGTON An ex-employee at a Davis County mental health facility will face more charges accusing him of sexually abusing women there.
During a court appearance Thursday for Jeffery Fowler Stout, 31, prosecutors announced they were planning to file more criminal charges against him.
"We do anticipate filing additional charges for related conduct," Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings said Thursday. "The allegations stem from his place of employment."
Prosecutors said Stout worked as an employee at a Davis Behavioral Health facility, where he is accused of fondling a patient. He was originally charged with a forcible sex abuse, a second-degree felony, but pleaded guilty to a third-degree felony attempted sex abuse charge.
Stout sought to withdraw his guilty plea when it was learned he would spend 10 years on the state's sex offender registry, not three as he originally believed. Prosecutors did not object.
"He didn't understand the ramifications of the plea bargain. He didn't understand how the sex offender registry worked," said Stout's attorney, Greg Skordas.
Skordas said Stout may not withdraw his guilty plea after all, especially with more charges likely. Prosecutors have begun interviewing three more people who came forward claiming to be victims. Some were employees, some were patients. Rawlings declined to describe the nature of the alleged abuse."The conduct that is being investigated that we anticipate filing on is still criminal in nature, but it is less serious conduct than what we've already filed," he said Thursday. "The charges will be lower level charges."
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