Judge refuses lighter sentence and orders sex offender to serve year in jail for harassing teenage girls

LOGAN — A judge has sentenced a registered sex-offender, Azadeen Altom, to one-year in jail, refusing a lighter sentence of three-months that was recommended by probation officers. The 42-year-old former Nebraska man was arrested and charged with harassing young girls at a middle school and later at a department store.

First District Court Judge, Thomas Willmore called Altom an extreme danger to society. He said, if there was one place children should be safe it is at school.

State attorney Aaron Jossie told the court that in March, Altom walked into Mt. Logan Middle School. Surveillance video showed him sitting in the school’s cafeteria, watching a group of girls for five-minutes.

Police later arrested the defendant in April after officers were called to the south Walmart on report that Altom was harassing a teenage girl inside the store. The customer claimed he approached her, getting inside her personal space, and asking for a ride home.

When officers made contact with Altom, they found him to be very intoxicated. He had also failed to register as a sex offender, since moving from Nebraska.

Court records show, Altom pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors in May, failing to register as a sex offender and being in a protected area.

During Monday’s sentencing, public defender Michael McGinnis said Altom understood what he did was wrong, but has had a hard time understanding the guidelines of being a sex offender, especially when he is intoxicated. He asked the court to follow the probation guideline of three-months in jail and give the defendant credit for the 50-days he had already served.

Through an interpreter, Altom told the court he never remembered going into the school.

Judge Willmore also sentenced Altom to undergo therapy while in jail.

Nebraska records show Altom was convicted of sexually assaulting another adult individual in January 2013.

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