A family torn apart in Moab costs jobs and relationships

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  • InspectorC Wasatch Front, UT
    Aug. 3, 2013 7:19 p.m.

    Primal Scream-Mode (ON):

    A L C O H O L !!!!!!!!!!


    My sympathies to every person in this family and community (WE LOVE YOU, MOAB!!) who are affected by this tragedy. What a horrible, horrible mess!!

    Every person involved in this situation made multiple mistakes, that all came together in the Perfect Storm of this tragedy.

    We pray for them all to heal quickly, to forgive, and for this family and community to come out of this all the stronger.

  • washcomom Beaverton, OR
    Aug. 3, 2013 5:00 p.m.

    Sometimes I think the Ol' West ways are the best ways.

    Frustrating as it is, how can one even trust the LE agency when the father was a part of the city government as fire chief and the son was deputy for a long time? Which side are the other officers going to take?

    And the wife sure has some explaining to do...

  • JSB Sugar City, ID
    Aug. 3, 2013 9:22 a.m.

    What is happening to the children now? Is there some way they can be removed from this pathologically dysfunctional family? Perhaps there is nothing by way of legally convicting the mother for her adultery, but all three of the crazy adults in this case (father, mother and grandfather) should be prevented from ever having contact with any of the children again.

  • Moabmom Moab, UT
    Aug. 3, 2013 9:20 a.m.

    This is so sad, especially for the children.

  • Cleetorn Fuaamotu, Tonga
    Aug. 3, 2013 9:11 a.m.

    Well, I know a little more about the law and understand that the son will not be acquitted of anything. If the father was raping the son’s wife when he walked in on them, then he would have justifiable cause in defending her. The article implies, though, that the wife was complicit in the tryst and did not resist.

    While the son had every right to be angry and indignant, he had no legal position to assault either his father or his wife. And then to follow him to the hospital to “finish the job” is totally over the top as he assaulted an officer in the process. Unfortunate as it may be, the most the father could be charged with is adultery. It is a violation of the law but is so common it is hardly enforced anymore.

    In this case, everybody loses – the son, his wife and father, the children and the families on all sides of the situation and the community where they lived and worked.

  • Eliyahu Pleasant Grove, UT
    Aug. 3, 2013 7:42 a.m.

    Sorry, jlglex, but we can't charge, convict and send people to jail just because they did something we think was wrong. Not everything immoral is also illegal. Unless he forced the woman, no laws were broken. Why assume the father was guilty and the wife was innocent? As you point out, it's hard to say without being there. The stupidity both of them demonstrated has already permanently messed up both of their lives and the lives of their families. Why do we need to mess them up any more?

  • kolob1 sandy, UT
    Aug. 3, 2013 7:18 a.m.

    The father will be charged by God. There is no penalty for a father having consensual sex with the son's wife. That practice was eliminated (or supposed to have been) a long time ago. The son though reasonably distraught, should be tried on the assault of a police officer. If the son had been investigating the incident of another police officer's assault that was the result of similar conditions he would have wanted that the "victim" maintain decor in the face of the law.As for the young woman having sex with her father in law her peers should take care of her.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 3, 2013 12:00 a.m.

    what a sick society we live in today

  • jlglex Provo, UT
    Aug. 2, 2013 9:09 p.m.

    I would acquit the son, and the father ought to be charged with something. I don't know the law well enough to say exactly which law should be used; but he violated his son in a devastating and humiliating manner. The son ought to be free and clear, and the father should do some time. The wife? Hard to say, without being there. Was she flirty with the father? Did she lead him on? Or, was she just kind of a passive actor in the situation?

  • jlglex Provo, UT
    Aug. 2, 2013 8:47 p.m.

    The old man was out of line ... way out of line.