Bravo sentenced on attempted sex abuse charges

LOGAN—Leo Bravo, former director of the Cache Valley Multicultural Center, was sentenced to up to two years in the Cache County Jail Wednesday morning on two counts of attempted forcible sexual abuse. In his final statement before Judge Thomas Wilmore, defense attorney Shannon Demler said the 62-year-old Bravo is a respected member of the community. Bravo deeply regrets his mistake, he said. He asked Wilmore to show mercy and leniency. “There’s no question he won’t be back before this court,” Demler said. After hearing the prosecutor’s and Demler’s statements, Wilmore sentenced Bravo to serve two one-year sentences consecutively, with a review set for Oct. 25. “A mistake is defined as doing an act without knowing the consequences or having experience,” Wilmore said to the defendant. “This wasn’t a mistake. You knew what would happen.” Bravo pleaded guilty to the counts, both class-A misdemeanors, on March 8. He was booked and charged on two counts of attempted forcible sexual abuse, and one count of stalking in December 2009, less than a month after the incident in question occurred. The stalking charge was later dismissed.

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