Man will serve 90 days for sex with teen
July 28, 2009
A 20-year-old eastern Summit County man Monday was sentenced to 90 days in jail for having sex with an underage girl.
Trent Lott, who pleaded guilty in 3rd District Court to felony unlawful sex activity with a minor, will also be treated as a sex offender, said Wasatch County Attorney Thomas Low, who prosecuted the case.
"That would include that [Lott] have no unsupervised conduct with a person under the age of 18," Low said at a sentencing hearing. "He would have that responsibility immediately."
The crimes occurred at Best Western Holiday Hills at 200 S. 500 West in Coalville, according to court papers. Lott provided alcohol to two 14-year-old girls inside a room he rented at the hotel, prosecutors said.
Lott’s victim had refused his sexual advances last September until she became intoxicated, Low said at the sentencing hearing in the Snyderville Basin Monday.
"She initially, early on in the evening had denied his request to engage in sexual activities," Low said. "Her virginity was taken that night and the defendant knew that she was inexperienced."
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Lott was almost charged with a more serious crime, Low explained.
"Due to the alcohol being provided and a three-year age difference, our office considered filing a first-degree felony charge," Low said.
First-degree felonies in Utah are punishable by up to life in prison.
Lott, who was charged with a third-degree felony, was apologetic in court.
"I’m sorry for what I have done and I will learn from it," Lott told Judge Bruce Lubeck. "I will not do it again."
But Lubeck said Lott’s sentence needed to be harsh enough to send a message to other men that they cannot have sex with young girls.
"In today’s world, Mr. Lott, everyone just has to know that whatever emotions, feelings or passions you have just can’t be exercised with a girl who is 14," Lubeck said. "It isn’t just you. We just don’t focus on Trent Lott in this situation That’s why I think a jail term is proper."
Lott is employed and Lubeck said he will allow Lott to leave the Summit County Jail during the day to go to work.
"There needs to be a message to you and anyone else in your position, mainly young men who are faced with temptation," Lubeck told Lott.
Lott was ordered to report to jail Aug. 7.
Meanwhile, the second man charged in the case pleaded guilty Monday to attempted unlawful sex activity with a minor, which is a class A misdemeanor.
Eastern Summit County resident Weston Hortin, 21, was initially charged with felony unlawful sex activity with a minor.
A sentencing hearing for Hortin is scheduled Sept. 28 at 1:30 p.m. Those guilty of class A misdemeanors in Utah could serve up to a year in jail.
Summit County Attorney David Brickey said he asked Low to prosecute Lott and Hortin so his office could avoid a conflict of interest. An employee in the County Attorney’s Office is related to one of the defendants by marriage.
"There could be a claim that we were either too lenient, or too strict and unwilling to negotiate," Brickey said. "I was concerned about even the mere appearance."
He would not say which defendant his employee is related to or what the duties of the employee include.