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Former police officer pleads guilty

He could face 30-year sentence for sex abuse

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PROVO — A former Pleasant Grove police officer pleaded guilty Thursday to sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl while he was on duty last year.

Jared Lyman Platt, 28, could face up to 30 years in prison. Fourth District Judge Claudia Laycock scheduled sentencing for Aug. 9.

In a plea agreement, the state dropped three of the five charges it filed against Platt.

Platt pleaded guilty to two counts of forcible sex abuse, a second-degree felony. The state dropped two identical charges and one third-degree felony criminal solicitation charge.

"It's good enough," Utah County prosecutor David Sturgill said of the plea bargain, which he hammered out with defense attorney Michael Ostermiller.

Sturgill confirmed on Thursday that Platt had been on duty as a patrolman when the abuse occurred between May and November 2003.

"The defendant touched the genitalia and breasts of the victim," Sturgill told Laycock. When Laycock asked Platt if Sturgill's recitation of the facts was accurate, he quietly replied, "Yes."

Ostermiller said he does not know yet if pleading to the charges is a good deal for Platt.

"We don't know," Ostermiller said. "We'll see at sentencing."

Laycock could administer $20,000 in fines in addition to a prison sentence. Sturgill said he would agree to allow the charges against Platt to be reduced to class-A misdemeanors on his criminal record upon successful completion of any probation.

Sturgill said he thinks the young girl will be pleased with the outcome of Thursday's hearing.

Platt worked as a patrolman for the Pleasant Grove police department for just more than three years before resigning in April.

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