Ogden sex offender pleads guilty to child molestation charge, gets 15 years

Friday , October 27, 2017 - 5:42 PM1 comment

JACOB SCHOLL, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — An Ogden man who has been previously convicted for sex offenses pleaded guilty Friday to a child molestation charge in Ogden’s 2nd District Court. 

Preston Brock Long, 28, appeared in court and pleaded guilty to one count of sodomy upon a child, a first-degree felony, as part of a plea agreement reached by the defense and the prosecution.

Judge Noel Hyde agreed with a recommended sentence provided to him by the two parties, sending Long to the Utah State Prison for 15 years to life.

Hyde also recommended Long receive treatment options for sex offenders and a mental health evaluation.

Long was originally charged with three counts of sodomy upon a child, but two charges were dropped as a part of the agreement. 

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Police were told May 3 that the alleged sexual contact happened in late April, according to a probable cause statement filed in the case. The child, who was under the age of 14 according to court documents, told police Long touched him with his genitals on two occasions and that the defendant placed his mouth on the child’s genitals on one occasion.

Court records say two warrants were served at Long’s residence on an unspecified date — one to search his home and another to acquire DNA samples from Long.

Long’s semen was found on the child’s clothing and on the carpet in the home where the alleged abuse occurred, the probable cause statement says.

Court records say Long has engaged in sexual contact with children in the past.

In November 2009, Long pleaded guilty to one charge of attempted unlawful sexual activity with a minor, a class A misdemeanor. In October 2014, he pleaded no contest for failure to register as a sex offender, a class A misdemeanor charge.

Contact reporter Jacob Scholl at jscholl@standard.net or follow him on Twitter @Jacob_Scholl.

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