Travis Gentry, age 40, of Kamas, is assaulted two men while they were engaged in sexual activity, according to Summit County Detective Sgt. Ron Bridge. Gentry allegedly made derogatory comments during and after the attack, Bridge said.
"That is why it is being called a hate crime," Bridge said. "I think that it being a hate crime is paramount in this investigation."
The two victims sustained bruises and lacerations, but refused to be transported to the hospital. Investigators believe no weapons were used. A garden tool was nearby but there is no evidence it was used in the assault and is still under investigation, Bridge said.
A statement released by the Sheriff's Office Thursday stated the suspect was acquainted with the victims, who were working together on the suspect's property. At some point in the evening, the suspect observed the victims in a romantic encounter in the suspect's utility shed. The suspect then assaulted them and law enforcement was called to the scene.
According to the sheriff's report, Gentry has an extensive violent criminal history. He was charged for an assault that occurred on June 23, but the case was later dismissed. He was also charged with a third-degree felony for burglary and a Class B misdemeanor for theft during an incident that occurred on June 19, when Gentry and a woman admitted to taking items from the Park City Christian Center.
Because of Gentry's threat of continued violence and the circumstances of the Sept. 16 incident, Summit County Justice Court Judge, Shauna Kerr, set a cash-only bail for $25,000. Gentry is currently incarcerated in the Summit County jail.
According to Utah state statutes, a hate crime is defined as an act that "has the effect of causing a person to reasonably fear to freely exercise or enjoy any right secured by the Constitution or laws of the state or by the Constitution or laws of the United States." It can be considered an "aggravating factor" in a crime and allows a judge or parole board to enhance the penalties.