Child-sex charges dismissed against Park City man
July 1, 2011
A judge in June dismissed each of the three child-sex charges leveled more than a year ago against a Park City man.
John Jenkins, who is 66 years old and had a last known address in Prospector, had faced three felony charges, the most serious carrying a potential sentence of five years to life in state prison upon conviction.
Third District Court Judge Ann Boyden dismissed the charges on June 21. The judge dismissed the charges without prejudice, meaning that prosecutors could file them again later.
In charging documents filed in May 2010, prosecutors said a 7-year-old accused Jenkins of sexually molesting her at least twice in his apartment.
Summit County Attorney David Brickey said this week experts and therapists who worked with the child afterward indicated to him her telling of what happened would not have stood up in a courtroom.
"We would not be likely to get a conviction. I don’t think a jury would have believed her," Brickey said.
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He said a decision to file charges again in the case would depend on the youngster’s ability to better explain what he described as inconsistent statements made to experts and therapists.
Just after filing the charges, Brickey had said the girl was a credible witness who provided an "accurate and thorough" telling of her side.
Jenkins is a longtime Parkite known for his days as a hot dog skier years ago and as a bartender.
An attorney who represented Jenkins did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment.