LOGAN — A 41-year-old Logan man is headed to prison again, after a judge sentenced him a second time for sexually abusing three young girls more than 11 years ago. Brian K. Williams showed no emotion and didn’t speak as Judge Kevin Allen ordered him to serve three consecutive terms of five-years-to-life in prison.
Williams was sentenced in 1st District Court Monday afternoon. Previously a jury found him guilty on six counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony; and six counts of forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony; during a trial in May.
Judge Allen told Williams he never believed his testimony during the trial. He said the defendant would stay in prison until he recognized what he had done.
Earlier, a victim’s advocate read several statements from the girls. They described Williams as being manipulative, selfish and abusive. They asked the court for the longest possible sentence.
Throughout the May trial, the three girls testified how Williams would shower with them. Later he would do “body checks” and “tick checks” as they started to hit puberty. He encouraged the girls to skinny dip in a hot tub together. He also molested them multiple times while watching TV. The abuse occurred over several years and didn’t end until the girls reported the crimes to their mother.
In 2015, Williams was found guilty the first time on all charges, and later sentenced to serve 15-years to life in prison. That conviction was later overturned by the Utah Court of Appeals, who ruled that prosecutors improperly questioned jurors during the jury selection process and could be interpreted as an attempt to strengthen the victims’ testimony.
During Monday’s sentencing, Cache County Chief Prosecutor Spencer Walsh asked for the consecutive sentences, arguing there should be one term for each of the three victims. He called the girls courageous for reporting the crimes and then going through the trial process twice. He said they deserved to find peace in their lives.