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Child sex offender sentenced in Garfield County
Fifty-four year-old Brent Worthen of Panguitch pleaded guilty to first degree sodomy of a child last Thursday and was sentenced to the maximum six years to life in the Utah State Prison. Worthen entered his plea and was sentenced this morning in Sixth District Court in Panguitch.
The charges stem from Worthen’s sodomy and sexual abuse of a young girl. Worthen was on lifetime parole in Arizona for child sex abuse when he moved to Panguitch. His prison sentence in Arizona came from his conviction of child molestation of a young girl there.
Worthen is currently being transported to the Utah State Prison to serve his sentence. The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office in Arizona has said they are patient and want Worthen to serve the maximum time possible in Utah, before they transport him to Arizona to serve a five to 15 year sentence for violating parole.
Garfield County Attorney Barry Huntington said “Mr. Worthen stole his victims’ innocence, and destroyed their childhood and lives in the worst conceivable way. Fortunately, he wasn’t able to further victimize the girl by making her testify. His pleading guilty spared her at least that. She had requested to not have to testify, and I am very grateful that she didn’t have to. Mr. Worthen will likely spend the rest of his life in prison, and that is exactly where he should be.”
In handing down the sentence, Judge Marvin Bagley said, “I’m not going to preach to you; your sentence speaks for itself.”