Larry Guiver has been arrested for alleged aggravated sexual abuse of a child and sexual exploitation of a minor. The Cottonwood Heights grandpa is being investigated for the above charges after one of his grandchildren told their parents that they were touched improperly by Guiver. According to reports, there are at least four victims. Guiver may have taken pictures as well, but that is also under investigation.
Sexual abuse of a child occurs when someone under the age of 14 is touched sexually or indecent liberties are taken by someone with a child. It does not include rape, object rape or sodomy. Sexual abuse of a child is generally a second degree felony, which can be punishable by 1-15 years in prison.
Aggravated sexual abuse of a child, on the other hand, includes additional behaviors by the perpetrator. One reason a person can have the “aggravated” charge added is if he is in a “position of special trust” in connection with the child. This includes anyone from an adult coach to a babysitter to a parent. A grandparent is also considered to be in a position of special trust.
Aggravated sexual abuse of a child is a first-degree felony and the punishment depends on the circumstances surrounding the crime. The state of Utah has imposed a normal minimum prison term of 15 years and possibly life. Under certain situations a court may impose a lesser term, but Utah law requires a mandatory prison sentence for this particular crime.
Hopefully Mr. Guiver has already contacted an attorney. It is extremely important to remember that just because someone is accused of a crime doesn’t mean that he or she is guilty. The burden lies with the prosecutor to prove his case. Fortunately, every person facing criminal charges is entitled to the best defense possible.
If you or someone you know has been arrested for a crime, contact a Utah criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. You need someone you can trust who will provide you with a vigorous defense. Make that important phone call today.