A Spanish Fork man convicted last month of raping his 13-year-old daughter has been committed to the Utah State Hospital for psychiatric treatment, after which he will serve a mininum of 10 years in the state prison.
Fourth District Judge Ray M. Harding ordered the defendant, Garth S. Hooley, 37, to report Tuesday to the county jail for transfer to the state hospital. Harding said the court accepted a diagnosis that Hooley is mentally ill and ordered him to undergo therapy before serving his prison sentence.During a non-jury trial in January, Harding found Hooley guilty of rape, a first-degree felony.
Public defender Michael Esplin argued for leniency, claiming that Hooley's victim was only three weeks shy of her 14th birthday when the crime occurred last Aug. 20. Had the victim been 14, under state law she would no longer have been considered a child.
Deputy County Attorney Jim Taylor, however, said Hooley had "terrorized" and "repeatedly abused" his daughter and had previously been convicted of a similar offense against her.