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Ex-Davis jail officer to plead not guilty to sodomy charges

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FARMINGTON (AP) -- A former Davis County Jail officer will plead not guilty to charges that he forced three female inmates to perform a sex act on him last year, his attorney said.

Michael Carnahan, 32, was in 2nd District Court Wednesday with his attorney, Ron Yengich, to face one first-degree felony count of forcible sodomy plus two class B misdemeanor counts of sodomy."At the present time, he's pleading not guilty, and as far as defense, we will see where it goes from there," Yengich said outside of court.

Carnahan, who appeared in court with his wife, declined to comment on the charges.

Davis County sheriff's investigators alleged the incidents took place in May through October while Carnahan was on duty.

While the sexual encounters were items of gossip among inmates, jail commanders said they learned about Carnahan's alleged conduct after they intercepted a letter from an uninvolved female inmate to her boyfriend in late November.

Carnahan was fired from his job as a corrections officer on Dec. 21.

Yengich asked the court to continue his client's initial appearance for two weeks to give him time to get familiar with the case. The hearing was continued to Jan. 13.

Investigators said the women were intimidated by Carnahan.

"They're all claiming some level of coercion," said Davis Chief Deputy Kelly Sparks. "Nothing of physical force, just his intimidation and influence as a corrections officer."

Sparks said sheriff's officials held off on firing Carnahan until he attended a personnel hearing to explain his actions.

"He refused to come in for that interview," Sparks said. "He just kept canceling. We tried to give him the benefit of the doubt."