LOGAN — A 30-year-old Logan man, Jacob L. Patterson has been sentenced to jail for sexual battery of a 16-year-old girl, he claims to still love.
Judge Thomas Willmore called Patterson abusive and a predator, while sentencing him. He said the victim’s life is a mess because of his actions.
State attorney Barbara Lachmar said the relationship between the two began when the girl was in high school in Logan.
The victim later told the court how she was paranoid to go out of her house, for fear of seeing Patterson, who would show up at her after-school practices. She also described how she was worried that he would come after her.
The victim said, Patterson followed her to Provo after graduating from high school and beginning college at Utah Valley University.
Court records show Patterson was originally charged with two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a 16 or 17-year-old, both third-degree felonies. He later accepted a plea deal, pleading guilty to two charges of sexual battery, a class A misdemeanor.
Patterson told Judge Willmore he realized that he was not in the right place but still loved the victim and was seeking mental counselling.
Judge Willmore noted that the Utah Legislature recently changed the sentencing recommendations last year, suggesting a jail sentence of zero-to-90 days.
Judge Willmore said he could not understand why it was not more and said he would not follow the recommendation. He instead ordered Patterson to serve two-years in the Cache County Jail with a minimum of at least one-year. He also ordered him to undergo therapy and have no contact with children.
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