Ogden therapist to stand trial in sex abuse case
Friday , June 27, 2014 - 12:54 PM
HEBER CITY — An Ogden-based therapist accused of sexually abusing two young girls was ordered Wednesday to stand trial later this summer.
Brian Patrick Gomez, 39, is accused of touching two young girls inappropriately while they stayed with him and his family at Midway’s Zermatt Resort resort on Dec. 31. He is charged with six counts of sexual abuse of a child, all first-degree felonies.
4th District Judge Steven Hansen ordered Gomez to make a "personal appearance" for his August 6 arraignment.
Gomez, from Brigham City, owns Utah Clinical Services in Ogden, but his license has been suspended while the case is ongoing and his name has been removed from the therapy center's website. The center specializes in treating teenagers and young adults who have autism or Asperger's Syndrome, according to its site.
Gomez was reportedly having his friends over for a New Year's Eve party when police say he offered to let their daughters, aged 9 and 11, stay in his family's suite, which had more room for them to sleep.
Court documents indicate that at about 2:30 a.m. that night, one of the girls texted her father, who was sleeping in the nearby suite.
"I think Bryan (sic) is a pedifile (sic) and I'm kinda scared," the girl’s text reportedly read.
Her father didn't see the text until almost 9 a.m. the next morning, documents state.
Gomez touched the girls' privates, according to the victims' statements, under one girl's underwear and under the other's pajamas. He also made one victim touch him inappropriately, the charges state.
Hansen ruled the first-degree felony charges were appropriate, saying Gomez was in a position of trust at the time and acting in the role of a baby sitter. Gomez was also a long-time friend of the girls' parents, court documents stated.
Gomez's wife and mother were also reportedly on the trip where the alleged abuse occurred.
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