PROVO — An Orem attorney will serve 270 days in jail for drugging a 15-year-old baby sitter and attempting sexual acts with her, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Trevor Zabriskie, 33, must also pay a $925 fine and spend 36 months on probation.

Zabriskie left lingering scars on his victim, the girl's father said during the sentencing hearing. The girl, now 17, was expelled from her high school after she found it too difficult to attend class.

Zabriskie is the second member of the Orem law firm of Zabriskie and Zabriskie to be incarcerated since July 2002, when Dean Zabriskie was ordered to federal prison for harboring a convicted child molester. Slade Zabriskie, who was not an attorney, is serving a federal prison sentence on the same charges as his father.

Trevor Zabriskie tried to take over his dad's practice despite being new to the profession and was overcome by the pressure of working 80 to 100 hours a week, according to his attorney, Brook Sessions. Doctors prescribed Xanax for his anxiety, but that only led to more trouble.

Zabriskie picked up the girl, who had been a baby sitter for his family and had done some temporary work for the firm, from her home at 12:30 a.m. on Sept. 1, 2002. He took her to his office, gave her Xanax and attempted sex while she passed in and out of consciousness, according to Provo Police detective DeVon Jensen.

Sessions said for a first offense, the charges normally would draw a 30- to 60-day sentence. He told 4th District Judge Steven Hansen he thought a recommendation by Adult Probation and Parole for a 270-day sentence was made because Zabriskie was an attorney.

But Hansen chided Zabriskie for not taking full responsibility for the crime. As part of an arrangement with prosecutors, Zabriskie pleaded no contest in December to endangerment of a child, a third-degree felony, and sexual battery, a class A misdemeanor.

"What's most troubling is the predatory nature of the act," Hansen said. "This young girl was taken from her home and given a drug, and in an unconscious state you performed sexual acts on her. That's a predatory act."

Hansen ordered Zabriskie to have no contact with females under the age of 18 and ordered a psychosexual evaluation. He also ruled that Zabriskie must write an apology to the victim that would include an admission that he takes complete responsibility for his conduct.

Sessions filed a motion that would reduce the charges to a class A and a class B misdemeanor if Zabriskie successfully completes probation.

Zabriskie quit practicing law after the crime and is working as a paralegal at the firm and the family's deli, Sessions said. His brother, Rhome Zabriskie, is representing Robert Allen Kartchner, who is accused of kidnapping a Mapleton boy last fall. Hansen granted Zabriskie work release privileges for an unusual 60 hours a week while he is in jail.

Zabriskie might not practice law again. Sessions anticipated a Utah Bar Association investigation.


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