Second jury convicts Logan man of child sex abuse
A Logan man who appealed his 2015 conviction on child sex abuse charges was found guilty for the second time at the conclusion of a new trial awarded him by the Utah Court of Appeals.
Brian K. Williams, 41, was charged in 2014 with six counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child and six counts of forcible sexual abuse of a child. At the conclusion of a three-day trial in 2015, he was convicted on all counts and sent to prison for a minimum of 15 years.
Williams filed an appeal and last year, the Utah Court of Appeals granted him a new trial based, in part, on the appellate court’s ruling that some of the language used during voir dire during the jury selection process in the original trial was prejudicial to his case.
The court’s ruling has since changed the manner in which attorneys across the state are allowed to question jurors regarding their backgrounds and potential biases during the jury selection process.
The new trial in Williams’ case started Monday afternoon with testimony from the first of three victims and concluded Thursday with his own testimony.
The young women each shared details surrounding numerous allegations of abuse that included showers with them, skinny dipping in the hot tub, checking private areas of their bodies for proper development, and more.
As in his first trial, Williams was steadfast in maintaining his innocence, but in just four hours, a jury returned the verdict of guilty on all 12 counts.
Cache County prosecutor Spencer Walsh said the jury got it right after a long, emotional week of testimony, and he hoped the victims could find peace following the latest verdict.
“They’ve had to testify now in court and be subject to cross-examination on three separate occasions over a five year span,” Walsh said. “It has been hard to have to have a second trial. It was a frustrating experience because we felt that the first trial was a just verdict and we felt like there there really was no error at that last trial.”
Williams was immediately taken into custody.
According to Walsh, state law will not allow Williams to be sentenced to a term greater than he was given in his first trial, in which he was ordered to serve three consecutive terms of five years to life in prison, or a total of 15 years to life.
Therefore, Walsh said, he anticipates that his office will seek the same penalty at the upcoming June 17 sentencing date.