Gollaher faces an additional child sex abuse charge

Mar 4 2013 - 7:38am

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Scott Logan Gollaher
Scott Logan Gollaher

MORGAN -- A new charge of aggravated sexual abuse of a child has been filed against Scott Logan Gollaher, 53, in 2nd District Court in Morgan County.

The offense, a first-degree felony, occurred Nov. 23, 2011, according to a complaint filed in court last week. If convicted of the charge, Gollaher faces 15 years to life in prison.

The complaint does not detail whether the new charge is related to similar charges filed last year against Gollaher.

Gollaher was originally arrested July 12, 2012, on four counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child and 11 pornography-related charges. The pornography charges have since been dropped.

Gollaher previously served a 16-year sentence for child sexual abuse from 1996 to 2011.

On the same day the latest felony sexual abuse charge was filed, Gollaher went before Judge Noel S. Hyde for a hearing on bail.

The Morgan County Recorder's office shows a home at 246 E. Woods Creek Road on 24.31 acres and valued at $623,070. The owner is Woods Creek Ranch LLC, and Gollaher is listed as the company's registered agent.

Despite his connection to one of the largest houses in Morgan County, the court declared Gollaher indigent. He is now represented by a public defender, Ryan Bushell.

Hyde set Gollaher's bail at $25,000, cash only. Morgan County Attorney Jann Farris said if Gollaher can post that amount, it would dismantle his claim to be indigent.

A check of records through the Salt Lake City recorder's office shows Gollaher is, or has been listed as, the registered agent for eight separate LLCs in three different offices.

Gollaher is currently being held in Weber County Jail in Ogden.

Farris initially asked the court to order Gollaher be held without bail because of his prior conviction as a sex offender, and because he flagrantly disregarded restrictions placed on him as a registered sex offender, including allowing pajama parties for young girls at his house.

Gollaher also said he planned to escape to Brazil, Farris said.

Behind that larger Morgan County home, Gollaher had a guest house that Morgan Sheriff's Deputy D. Scott Peay said in a report featured a small room with a child's bed and children's toys behind locked glass doors.

This room was connected to another double-locked room, lighted only by fake garage door windows.

A report filed by Morgan County Sheriff's Deputy Joseph Rohbock said the initial investigation began June 17 after an 11-year-old girl told her mother Gollaher had touched her genitals and fondled her breasts. The incident occurred when the girl visited Gollaher's house with her cousin.

Gollaher is accused in the first set of charges of abusing two girls.

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