FARMINGTON -- A judge wants more information before deciding what type of sex offender program a 20-year-old man should go to after being released from jail.
Judge David Connors on Tuesday sentenced Brandon Scott Cordero, of Kaysville, to serve 201 days in Davis County Jail and gave him credit for the 113 days he had served since he returned in February from an LDS Church mission.
Cordero pleaded guilty in April to three counts of sex abuse of a child, second-degree felonies. According to court documents, he admitted to inappropriately touching a girl younger than 14 at least three times from November 2010 through May 2012.
Connors suspended a sentence of one to 15 years in Utah State Prison for each count and imposed the jail sentence and three years' probation. But he continued the sentencing to July 23 to give the defense attorney time to submit documents on whether the program at Northern Utah Community Correctional Center or a private program would be best for Cordero.
Cordero had been serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and returned home Feb. 4 to face the charges. His parents picked him up at the airport and drove him to the jail, said Michael Edwards, Cordero's defense attorney.
The abuse occurred before Cordero left on his mission and had nothing to do with his mission, church officials have said.
Deputy County Attorney Cristinia Ortega said Cordero should go to the Northern Utah center because he will be in a supervised environment.
Edwards said Cordero has learned his lesson since he entered the jail, and an institutional setting would not be a safe one for his client, who is small.
"We have a safety plan in place," Edwards said.
That plan includes having Cordero living with relatives in the Salt Lake area, getting a job and attending a private sex-offender program approved through the state Department of Corrections.
Cordero "will do well because he will have connections with his family" and the institutional bed, for which there is a waiting list, will be used by someone who cannot afford private care.
Cordero spoke at the hearing and apologized to the victim.
Ortega said in court that Cordero had sexual contact with the girl for almost two years.
The victim also spoke, saying she has forgiven Cordero, but "I know what he did was wrong."