A Bountiful man who pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and lewdness charges in 2nd District Court in February has a long criminal record and the potential to become a violent sex offender, a judge said Tuesday, ordering him to prison.
Judge Rodney S. Page sentenced Steven R. Holje, 21, 1360 S. Main St., to zero to five years in prison on the aggravated assault charge and to a year in the county jail on the lewdness charge. The sentences can be served concurrently in the state prison, Page said.Citing Holje's criminal record, which goes back to 1982, and the findings of a 90-day prison evaluation, Page said there is no facility except the state prison appropriate for Holje.
The judge urged Holje to get treatment and counseling in prison but warned him nothing will be done for him if he doesn't request it.
Defense attorney Ed Brass had asked that Holje be put in a secure treatment center such as the Bonneville Correctional Facility in Salt Lake rather than the state prison or the Utah State Hospital, which was recommended by the prison evaluators.