PROVO — A former Ogden deputy fire chief pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexually abusing children in Utah County.
Greg Chamberlain, 63, pleaded guilty in Provo’s 4th District Court to counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony, and forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony.
In return for his plea, prosecutors dropped three charges against him, consisting of forcible sodomy, object rape and aggravated sexual abuse of a child, all first-degree felonies.
Police first heard of the abuse in June 2018 when the mother of two girls, both juveniles, walked into the Springville Police Department and told police that Chamberlain abused her two daughters, according to charging documents.
Chamberlain was in a special position of trust with both girls. The Standard-Examiner does not disclose information that could potentially identify victims of crime.
The two girls told police during an interview at the Utah County Children’s Justice Center that the abuse occurred two to three years prior. Each girl disclosed multiple instances of Chamberlain’s sexual abuse. One of the girls told investigators that in one instance she told Chamberlain to stop, to which he replied, “I’m sorry, I just can’t help myself,” charging documents allege.
Chamberlain was arrested and charged in July. He posted a $30,000 cash-only bond days later and was released from Utah County Jail custody.
Ogden City Human Resources confirmed Wednesday that Chamberlain was employed with the Ogden Fire Department from September 1983 to January 2012. His most recent title with the fire department was that of deputy chief.
Court records indicate Chamberlain is not a current resident of Weber County, and instead resides in Provo.
His sentencing hearing is scheduled to take place April 16 in Provo’s 4th District Court.