LOGAN — A judge has sentenced Rodney J. Thinn to six-years-to-life in prison for sexually abusing a four-year-old girl. Judge Brian Cannell told the 27-year-old Logan man that besides taking a life, he couldn’t think of anything worse than taking the virtue of an innocent child.
Logan City Police arrested Thinn in November, following an investigation that he sexually abused the girl on October 7. The victim was an acquaintance of the defendant.
Thinn appeared in 1st District Court Tuesday morning for the sentencing hearing. Previously he pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony.
Public defender Shannon Demler told the court his client can’t explain why he did what he did. He said, Thinn doesn’t know what he was thinking at the time of the crime.
Thinn spoke only briefly and said he was truly sorry for what he had done. He told the court, he was willing to do whatever he can to get back with his family.
State attorney Jacob Gordon said he thought the defendant still hasn’t confessed to everything he did. He explained that the victim’s injuries showed more happened than what Thinn admitted to.
Judge Brian Cannell also expressed concern that Thinn didn’t show any remorse for the victim. He said the defendant hadn’t said how he felt about what he did to the little girl.
Judge Cannell said it will be up to the prison parole board to determine how long Thinn will serve, whether it is six, 10, 15 or more years. He told the defendant he won’t get out until he owns up to everything. “I hope you can manage the darkness that is in you, so this never happens again.”
State court records show, Thinn was previously convicted of felony drug possession in 2013. He served 40-days in jail and was finishing his three-year probation when he was arrested.
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