Court Roundup: Accused Bountiful OB-GYN makes first court appearance

Sunday , August 13, 2017 - 5:00 AM

NADIA PFLAUM, Standard-Examiner Staff

This is a weekly round-up of new charges and ongoing proceedings in Weber and Davis county courts for August 7-11, 2017

Davis County

Nathan Clark Ward, 56, made his first appearance in Davis County Court on Friday. Ward, an OB-GYN from Bountiful, has been charged with multiple counts of sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of a minor. He is next due in court Aug. 18.

Quinten Miller, 62, pleaded no contest to two class A misdemeanors of lewdness involving a child on Aug. 8. Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 26.

Weber County

Joseph Eugene Haws, 39, was charged on Aug. 9 with aggravated assault, a third-degree felony; possession of a weapon by a restricted person, a class A misdemeanor; and two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, a second-degree felony. According to charging documents, Haws allegedly threatened three victims with a knife with a brass-knuckle-style handle while walking past 801 25th St. in Ogden. 

Nicholas Dallan Martin, 24, was charged with enticing a minor, a second-degree felony; and dealing in harmful material to a minor by an adult, a third-degree felony, on Aug. 11. According to Syracuse police, between Aug. 3 and Aug. 8, Martin communicated online with what he believed was a 13-year-old girl, and sent sexually explicit conversation and an obscene photo over the internet. 

Robert Ryan Morishita, 42, of Layton, was charged with enticing a minor, a second-degree felony. The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force conducted an undercover sting on Aug. 8. Charging documents stated that Morishita solicited sex from what he believed was a 13-year-old girl via social media. Morishita allegedly showed up to meet the nonexistent 13-year-old and was arrested. 

Derek Thomas Horne, 34, is charged with enticing a minor, a second-degree felony; and tampering with evidence, a class A misdemeanor. On Aug. 10, Horne allegedly agreed to travel to Ogden to meet with a 13-year-old girl for sex. The social media exchange was instead a sting set up by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Horne told investigators that he deleted the conversations with the “13-year-old” when he spotted police cars near the designated meeting location, according to probable cause documents.

Ellie Ebalo Villaruz, 30, is charged with enticing a minor, a second-degree felony, after allegedly arranging to meet what he thought was a 13-year-old boy for sex on Aug. 9. The social media profile of the 13-year-old boy was set up by an agent with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. When Villaruz allegedly showed up to the pre-arranged location in Ogden, he was arrested. 

Contact reporter @NadiaPflaum at 801-625-4252, or npflaum@standard.net.

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