OGDEN -- Richard Greenwood has been named the Utah Legislator of the Year by the State Council on Victims of Crime.
The award was announced at the council's annual conference last month, but Greenwood, R-Roy, was unable to attend. So this week, Reed Richards, Ogden attorney and council chair, presented Greenwood the award where he works, the Ogden 2nd District Courthouse. Greenwood is a Weber County Sheriff's deputy currently assigned to court security.
Greenwood has always been instrumental in defending victims' rights in the Legislature, Richards said. In the 2011 legislative session, Greenwood successfully sponsored a bill to allow victims of rape to have their perpetrators tested for the AIDS virus upon arrest instead of waiting for a conviction.
Richards said testing upon conviction can be a matter of months after exposure, by which point the AIDS infection will have set in. Testing upon arrest allows a rape victim to enter into a preventative program to ward off AIDS if the alleged rapist tests positive for the virus.
The law went into effect last week.
Richards has chaired the victims' council since its inception more than 20 years ago, when he was the elected Weber County Attorney. Richards served two terms as Weber County Attorney beginning in the late 1980s before spending eight years as the chief criminal prosecutor for the Utah Attorney General's Office.