RICHFIELD — A Richfield man who was already a registered sex offender when he sexually assaulted two girls, ages 13 and 16, has been handed a heavy prison sentence.
Jared Patrick Brian, 34, was sentenced last week to 15 years to life at the Utah State Prison.
Brian was convicted in August of aggravated sex abuse of a child with a prior conviction, a first-degree felony; and unlawful sexual conduct with a 16-year-old, a third-degree felony. In exchange for his pleas, charges of rape of a child, sexual exploitation of a minor, drug distribution and another count of unlawful sexual conduct with a 16-year-old were dismissed, according to court records.
In pushing for the maximum penalty, Sevier County Attorney Dale Eyre argued before the sentence was handed down, that due to his previous conviction, Brian is now considered a pedophile, according to court records. His victims are addicted to meth because of Brian, in addition to having low self-esteem, Eyre told the judge.
"The damage is long term if not lifetime for the victims," Eyre argued, according to court records.
Eyre argued that Brian can no longer be rehabilitated. Brian's attorney had asked the judge to consider a lighter sentence of six years to life.
The abuse happened just months after the court was informed that Brian was making "excellent" progress while on probation from his previous conviction.
In 2014, Brian was convicted of unlawful sexual activity with a minor and given a suspended prison sentence. In a progress report filed on March 30, 2016, to update the court on his probation — just about seven months before the new allegations were raised by the 13-year-old — it was noted that Brian was making great progress.1 comment on this story
"This agent feels Mr. Brian has made huge lifestyle changes in his life," the report states. It also indicated that Brian had been using meth every day for five years until that point.
"Mr. Brian stated he was done with the drug lifestyle, which this agent felt would be difficult for him with the severity of his drug use over the past five years. Mr. Brian has proven he is done with the drug game," the report states. "Mr. Brian has stated numerous times that jail and probation (have) saved his life. Mr. Brian's overview of probation would be considered 'excellent.'"