OGDEN — The mother of two sexual abuse victims addressed an Ogden courtroom Tuesday morning and said the defendant, 37-year-old Roy resident Eric Gordon Fell, destroyed her life and the lives of her children.
Fell was arrested Wednesday, Jan. 10, and charged with one count of sodomy on a child and three counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, all first-degree felonies. The victims, who are both under the age of 16, told investigators that Fell had sexually abused them multiple times over the past 10 years.
Fell agreed to a plea deal on March 29, which dismissed two of the four charges.
Tuesday, he was sentenced to serve at least the next 30 years in prison for the two aggravated sexual abuse of a child charges. Each charge carried a 15-year to life sentence.
Both victims were present in court and gave statements on how the abuse has impacted their lives.
“He has taken away our childhood,” one victim said. “He should be locked away in a tiny cell.”
“You tore my family apart,” the other said.
Judge Joseph Bean commended the two girls for their courage in speaking to the court and told the two that what happened to them in the past will not define them.
Fell offered just a few words at the hearing, saying he has destroyed the lives of the girls.
“All I have is I’m sorry,” he said.
Fell’s attorney Shawn Conde asked Bean for concurrent sentences, but prosecutor Nicholas Caine pointed toward the decade-long sexual abuse as a reason to give Fell a longer sentence.
Bean ultimately agreed with Caine, and Fell was given the 30-year sentence at the Utah State Prison.
Fell will be transferred from Weber County Jail to the Utah Department of Corrections later this week to begin his prison term.