Tuesday , October 24, 2017 - 3:41 PM2 comments
OGDEN — A 21-year-old man was arrested last week after being accused of sexually abusing children in Ogden.
Taylor Rahe Anderson is accused of sexually abusing more than one child under the age of 13, a probable cause statement filed in his case says. He’s been charged with two counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, which is a first-degree felony.
On Tuesday afternoon, Weber County Attorney Chris Allred said his office wouldn’t release the exact number of children Anderson is accused of abusing. However, he confirmed that it was more than one and they were kids Anderson knew.
The children told forensic interviewers Anderson forced them to touch his genitals and touched theirs as well, the court record says. They said this happened multiple times, including at least once in the last month, the court document states.
The alleged abuse was reported to police at the beginning of September, online court records state. Anderson’s charges are specifically connected to accusations he abused the children in January 2011 and in September of this year.
In an interview with Ogden police, Anderson said he had done what the children accused him of, according to the probable cause statement. He wasn’t sure how many times he abused them, but said it happened multiple times and on a routine basis, the court document says.
If Anderson is found guilty of the crimes he’s charged with, Utah sentencing guidelines state he could face 15 years to life in prison on each count.
Anderson is being held in Weber County Jail on $42,000 bail. His initial appearance in 2nd District Court is slated for Oct. 24.
Ann Elise Taylor can be reached by phone at 801-625-4213, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @annelise_taylor.
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