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Orem man’s sex abuse of kids nets 3 life terms

He admits guilt; victim testifies about trauma

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PROVO — Between heaving sobs, a young woman shared her story about sex abuse to an attentive courtroom Tuesday morning.

Steps away sat Joseph Durborow, the Orem man accused of sexually abusing her and other children.

"It's a really hard situation to be in," she told court officials. "He knew that I had someone perpetrate on me before, and he goes ahead and does it again."

For now, however, Durborow won't be doing much of anything besides sitting in jail.

Sentenced by a federal court last month to serve 10 years in a North Carolina prison on child pornography charges, Fourth District Judge Steven Hansen decided to sentence Durborow to three additional life terms in prison.

Under a plea deal struck with prosecutors, charges were limited to two counts of second-degree child sex abuse and three counts of attempted aggravated sex abuse of a child.

In return, Durborow admitted his guilt — something one victim's father said helped heal her.

Most of the girls that he abused had entered the Durborow home as neighborhood playmates or as foster children. Durborow and his wife had guardianship of 12 children at the time of his arrest.

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