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OREM OFFICIAL PLEADS GUILTY TO BEING DRUNK, DISORDERLY

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Orem City Councilman Steven L. Heinz pleaded no contest Wednesday in 4th Circuit Court to two misdemeanor counts of being intoxicated and disorderly at a rock concert.

Judge John C. Backlund fined Heinz $214 on the two Class C misdemeanors and suspended a 10-day jail sentence upon payment of the fine.Utah County prosecutors said a female attending a rock concert at Utah Valley State College in early August reported to a security officer that Heinz touched her. Heinz, who is serving his second term on the council, told the Deseret News that he brushed the hair and face of the woman as he passed by to his seat.

Heinz admitted to officers that he had a mixed drink before going to the concert and that he had taken pain medication for an injured arm. He became upset when security officers asked him to leave and he only did so when they threatened to remove him with force.

Heinz said he recognizes that his behavior and actions that night were wrong and that's why he didn't contest the charges.

"I've taken care of it. It's behind me now and I'm ready to get on serving the people of Orem," he said.

Frederick Jackman, Heinz's attorney, said the alcohol that Heinz consumed that night was not excessive, but it affected Heinz more than normal because of the pain medication he was taking.

"It's an incident that I don't think will repeat itself," Jackman said.

Prosecutors wanted Backlund to order Heinz to receive an alcohol evaluation and possibly attended a few treatment classes. Backlund said he doesn't order alcohol treatment on first offenses. He did, however, tell Heinz to evaluate himself and get treatment if he believes he has a problem. Heinz said he has had only one drink since the incident and that was at a friend's birthday party in September.