FARMINGTON -- A judge, after listening to three hours of testimony, ordered a 76-year-old man to serve two terms of three years to life in the Utah State Prison for attempted aggravated sexual abuse of a child.
Judge David Connors sentenced LeeRoy Fry, of Farmington, on Monday. The sentences are to run concurrently.
Connors said in most cases similar to Fry's, he would have sentenced the defendant to serve the two terms consecutively because of the number of victims.
Connors said he decided to have the sentences run concurrently because of testimony from Fry's psychologist and others in Monday's hearing.
Fry pleaded guilty Sept. 4 to two counts of first-degree felony attempted aggravated sexual abuse of a child. He was originally charged with four counts of first-degree felony aggravated sexual abuse of a child.
A special setting was set for the sentencing hearing of Fry.
Family, friends, neighbors and his church leaders filled the courtroom.
Dr. Peter Byrne testified that Fry had entered intensive outpatient therapy for sex offenders shortly after his arrest. Fry had worked to face his issues.
"There's still work to be done," Byrne said.
Before he was sentenced, Fry said, "I express my deep sorrow and remorse for things I have done."
Fry was arrested in March after a parent called the Division of Child and Family Services to report Fry had sexually abused at least three girls, ages 7, 11 and 14, police said.
According to court documents, the incidents took place between February 2011 and March 2012.
Fry's attorney, Kenneth Brown, had asked Connors to sentence Fry to serve two years in Davis County Jail and to probation, so Fry could continue receiving the therapy he started after he posted bail in April.
The presentence report prepared by Adult Probation & Parole recommended that Fry serve a prison sentence.
Deputy Davis County Attorney Cristina Ortega agreed with the recommendation, saying, "This is not just about the defendant. We should not be catering to his needs. What message will we send to the community?"
Ortega said Fry's age should not be considered because it tells the community, "You can offend children until you're an old age and you will be catered to."
"We're not coddling to Mr. Fry," Brown said.
"He's involved in a very good treatment program, and that treatment should be continued."