Layton teen sentenced to prison for abuse of young boys

Alexander Clifton Winward. Photo: Davis County

FARMINGTON, Utah, July 14, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — A 19-year-old Layton man has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to abusing multiple children.

Alexander Clifton Winward had pleaded guilty in May to four counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony.

As part of a plea deal, four additional charges of first-degree felony aggravated sexual abuse of a child were dismissed with prejudice. All charges were related to interactions with boys under the age of 7.

According to a probable cause statement, Winward pulled down the pants and underpants of each boy, and touched their genitals, skin to skin. In several cases, he molested one boy in the presence of others. The assaults took place in and around Winward’s house, the statement says.

“The Defendant told the Child 2 that in order to play on the X-Box, Child 2 would have to let this happen,” the probable cause statement said of one incident. “Child 1 and Child 3 were present during this incident.”

In another incident, the statement says, “Child 2 and Child 3 were hiding underneath covers from the Defendant during a Nerf War game,” the statement says. “The Defendant tried to pull the covers and reached underneath the covers and touched both genitals of Child 2 and Child 3.”

Farmington 2nd District Court Judge Michael Allphin sentenced Winward to 10 years to life on all four charges, but ordered the counts run concurrently.

He also gave Winward credit for time served in the Davis County Jail, which lessened his minimum sentence by 310 days.


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