postponed in child sex abuse case
April 9, 2009 | LOGAN -- Roger A.
Willeto faced Judge Thomas L. Willmore in 1st District
Court Monday for sentencing on his conviction for aggravated
sex abuse of a child, a second-degree felony.
But sentencing was postponed until
April 27 because officials are trying to find a sex
offender treatment program that will take him.
Willeto, 63, claimed he did not sexually
abuse the girl and that the incident that took place
was an accident.
The state's attorney, Barbara K.
Lachmar, said "I have a hard time believing he accidentally
inserted his finger into [her] vagina," and further
stated that the girl was under kindergarten age.
Lachmar said that probably 99 percent
of the time things like this are not an accident and
that much of the problems that Willeto has had have
happened under the influence of alcohol.
Willeto's attorney, Shannon R. Demler,
asked the judge for work release as he had been in jail
for a long time, and said Willeto's family was willing
to help him get counseling.
The incident took place Jan. 24,