Man sentenced to 90 days in jail in sex case
September 29, 2009
A 21-year-old North Summit man was sentenced to 90 days in jail for having sex with an underage girl after two 14-year-olds were provided alcohol inside a hotel room in Coalville.
Defendant Weston Hortin must now register as a sex offender, said Wasatch County Attorney Thomas Low, who prosecuted the case.
Hortin pleaded guilty to attempted unlawful sex activity with a minor, which is a class A misdemeanor. The crime occurred at Best Western Holiday Hills at 200 S. 500 West in Coalville.
Along with the jail term, 3rd District Court Judge Bruce Lubeck also required Hortin to perform 50 hours of community service and a pay a $500 fine.
Hortin was ordered to report to the Summit County jail Oct. 9.
"My client is not a predator. He is not a sexual deviant," Hortin attorney John Johnson told Lubeck at a sentence hearing Monday. "I think he generally feels remorse for what has occurred."
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Hortin’s victim did not attend the sentencing.
Johnson said Hortin expects to have a job as a bagger at a grocery store this week, and jailers may agree to release him to work during the day.
"There may be some growing up that can be done by Mr. Hortin becoming self sufficient," Low said.
Hortin admitted in court that he spent the summer unemployed.
"I’m really sorry your honor," Hortin told the judge. "I do plan on moving forward in my life."
Hortin, who is the father of a young child, said he is in the process of a divorce.