Syracuse man arrested for abusing child
June 26, 2015
Summit County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 31-year-old Syracuse man Monday accusing him of sexually abusing a 5-year-old girl during a recent camping trip in the Wasatch-Cache National Forest.
Alexzander William Snow, 31, of Syracuse, was charged with one count of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, according to Summit County Prosecutor Joy Natale. Aggravated sexual abuse of a child is a first-degree felony and punishable by a mandatory prison sentence of 15 years to life.
The victim alleges that Snow touched her inappropriately during a family camping trip between June 17 and June 21 near lower Provo River Falls along the Mirror Lake Highway, according to court documents. The suspect lives with the victim, her brother and mother in Syracuse, but is not a relative.
When the family returned home from the trip the victim told her mother about the incident, who then contacted the Syracuse Police Department, Summit County Sgt. Justin Hemingway said.
Hemingway said Summit County deputies, Syracuse officers and the Summit County Children’s Justice Center interviewed the victim on Monday.
"After interviewing everyone involved and gathering evidence, we did arrest the suspect and he has been in our jail ever since," Hemingway said.
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Snow was arrested at the Syracuse Police Department, then transported to the Summit County Jail, where he is currently being held on a $100,000 cash-only bond. He will make an initial appearance in Summit County’s Third District Court Monday, June 29 at 8:30 a.m.
The victim says Snow, who has a criminal history, also abused her at their home in Syracuse. Hemingway said Syracuse law enforcement officials are reportedly looking into those allegations, but there are no current cases in Davis County pending against the suspect.
"When the victim was interviewed she did make some other allegations about conduct that occurred in Davis County and obviously that is outside of my jurisdiction," Natale said. "I believe they are following up in a separate investigation."
Snow was convicted of two counts of attempted lewdness involving a child in Davis County in 2012.
"That’s something we look at, someone’s past criminal history, and it’s something we consider as prosecutors when considering plea bargains," Natale said. "But someone who has been convicted of this type of offense will be treated more harshly by our office and the courts.