OGDEN — A Plain City man is accused of sexually abusing a child nearly 15 years ago while the two were matched together as part of a youth mentorship program.
Bart Duane Fife, 56, is charged with five counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child — person in position of trust and five counts of sodomy on a child, all first-degree felonies.
Charging documents allege that the victim in this case, who is now an adult, disclosed the abuse in 2017 that he was sexually abused by Fife. The abuse took place between March 2004 and November 2005 when the victim was nine and 10 years old.
The affidavit does not say who the victim told about the abuse.
Fife had access to the child through a “youth mentorship program” and the two were paired together for months. The victim said the sexual abuse occurred throughout the months the two were paired up.
The abuse began when the victim allegedly caught Fife watching a pornographic video before he was sexually assaulted by Fife. The victim described the video as including “another male from the mentorship program,” according to the affidavit.
“The existence of that video was corroborated by another male who had seen part of the video, and corroborated by the person filmed in the video,” charging documents allege. Fife allegedly had the child sleep over at his home, where the victim said there were times where he would wake up to Fife sexually assaulting him.
Police reached out to the mentorship program, who confirmed that the two were matched together. The affidavit does not say when police contacted the mentorship program.
On Thursday, police interviewed Fife at the Weber County Sheriff’s Office. Fife was advised of his Miranda rights before he allegedly confessed to sexually abusing the boy and detailed the abuse.
Fife is being held at the Weber County Jail in lieu of a $200,000 bond. He has been assigned to a judge, and his initial appearance in Ogden’s 2nd District Court is scheduled to take place on March 18.