Man gets trial date in sexual abuse case

Oct 19 2010 - 11:27pm

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Steven Shane Tingey
Steven Shane Tingey

FARMINGTON -- A man charged with aggravated sexual abuse of a child has been given another trial date.

Steven Shane Tingey, who was found inside an attic in West Bountiful this summer, appeared in 2nd District Court in Farmington on Tuesday.

The 40-year-old man is charged with a first-degree felony. A two-day trial was set to start in August, but was canceled after Tingey failed to appear for a court hearing in July.

Judge David Connors set Feb. 22 and Feb. 23 for the jury trial on the child sex abuse charges that were filed by North Salt Lake police in October 2009.

Mark Arrington, Tingey's public defender, said, "We're trying to get additional evidence from another jurisdiction concerning this case."

On July 20, police were called to a home in West Bountiful where the victim lived. A person said Tingey was at the home and there was a protective order issued out of 2nd District Court ordering him to stay away.

When officers arrived, they saw smoke coming out of the chimney.

Officers broke into the home, saw a pile of plastic items burning and found Tingey hiding in the attic. He stayed in the attic for 90 minutes before coming out handcuffed.

He was charged with bail jumping and failure to register as a sex offender, both third-degree felonies, plus two class A misdemeanors in connection with the July standoff.

The case filed in July will not be resolved until after the trial, Arrington said in court.

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