St. George man charged with sexually abusing juvenile

Lamar H. Woodbury. Photo Courtesy: Washington County Jail

ST. GEORGE, Utah, Nov. 4, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A St. George man was arrested after allegedly sexually abusing a juvenile he was babysitting.

A probable cause statement from the 5th District Court in St. George said Lamar H. Woodbury, 65, is facing charges of sodomy on a child, a first-degree felony, and aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony.

On Oct. 28, the arresting officer received reports of a sex offense that occurred in Washington City, on or around Oct. 18, the statement said. The complainant reported that he and his wife were on vacation and their children were being cared for by various family members. When they returned home from their vacation the victim told the mother that the male suspect, identified as Lamar Woodbury, entered the victim’s bedroom and engaged in oral sex, the statement said.

A forensic interview was scheduled for the juvenile victim for the following day at the Children’s Justice Center.

“Prior to the interview I met with the complainant, who advised that he confronted Woodbury about the allegations. The complainant stated that Woodbury’s wife was with them as they met.”

According to the complainant Woodbury “broke down and cried” when he was confronted about the allegations.

On Oct. 31, the arresting officer met with Woodbury’s attorney, who advised him that his client would not be providing any details about the incident. The attorney was advised Woodbury was going to be arrested for sodomy of a child and aggravated sexual abuse of a child. He requested Woodbury be allowed to turn himself in at Purgatory Correctional Facility. I agreed to that and met Woodbury in the parking lot of PCF. At that time I placed Lamar under arrest for the above listed charges.

“The victim in this incident is under the age of 14 years old,” the statement said. “Lamar was also in a position of trust over the juvenile due to him being the babysitter while the victim’s parents were out of town.”

The felony was committed when Woodbury was out on probation or parole.



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