A former juvenile court bailiff has been ordered to undergo a 90-day evaluation at the Utah State Prison before he is sentenced on a second-degree felony charge of forcible sexual abuse.
Marc D. Lindshield was scheduled to be sentenced Thursday by 2nd District Judge Ronald O. Hyde, but the judge said he wanted more information first.Lindshield, 29, of Ogden, entered a plea of no contest last month to sexually abusing a 17-year-old boy last July 26. He could be sentenced to one to 15 years in prison.
The defendant was suspended as a 2nd District Juvenile Court bailiff when the investigation into the abuse began. Ogden City Prosecutor Dan Garner took over the prosecution from the Weber County attorney's office because the defendant had worked for the Weber County sheriff's department.
Defense attorney John Hutchison asked Hyde to waive the pre-sentence report recommendation of a 90-day evaluation, give his client probation and allow him to continue his therapy.
Hutchison called Dr. Lane F. Smith to testify that Lindshield had been in therapy for about three months and he was making progress.
The psychiatrist said that with continued therapy, he felt Lindshield could change his behavior.
Smith said a prison term would harm Lindshield because it would interrupt his therapy.
But Hyde said he needed more information, and continued sentencing until September 12.