SALT LAKE CITY -- A former Box Elder County sheriff's deputy fired, charged and sued for pulling motorists over and checking the young females for tattoos, was sentenced to 18 months in jail today in federal court.
U.S. District Judge David Sam ordered that the sentence for Scott R. Womack would run concurrent to whatever sentence First District Court in Brigham City poses on Womack's state charges involving the same victims.
The judge, however, expressed some concern that there may be other victims that haven't come forward.
In June the judge ordered a psychosexual evaluation for Womack, 37, canceling his sentencing at that time.
Womack was charged in state and federal court with coercing as many as eight women during traffic stops in 2010 to partially disrobe on the pretext of checking them for tattoos tied to nonexistent warrants.
Womack pleaded no contest in 1st District Court in Brigham City in February to three sexual misconduct charges in return for dismissal of eight similar charges. His sentencing there is expected to follow his federal sentencing.
In May he pleaded guilty in federal court to two counts of violating the constitutional rights of two of the women. Six additional counts were dismissed under terms of the plea bargain. A civil lawsuit filed by three of the women is also pending in federal court against Womack and county officials.
In each of the traffic stops in remote parts of Box Elder County, Womack claimed to have a warrant, typically alleging drug charges, with the woman's name on it, according to charging documents. The victims would then partially disrobe to prove to Womack they didn't have tattoos described in the nonexistent warrants.
He was fired during the departmental investigation of complaints. Womack told the media in February he had voluntarily surrendered his Utah police certification shortly after he was charged and has no intention of going back into law enforcement.