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Orem police officer is charged with sex abuse, lewdness
Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 1/6/2006 | Lisa Rosetta

Posted on 01/06/2006 6:44:58 AM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity

An Orem detective who quietly resigned his position in early December was charged Tuesday with two counts of felony forcible sex abuse and a single count of misdemeanor lewdness.

Barry Nielsen, 39, of Lindon, was charged following a Utah County Sheriff's Department investigation into an alleged incident on Nov. 10 involving a woman in her early 20s, said Deputy Utah County Attorney Donna Kelly.

Nielsen has not been arrested. Prosecutors have instead sent him a summons ordering him to appear in court later this month.

The former officer is accused of inappropriately touching the woman, a convenience store clerk he had met during his patrol breaks at the store, according to a story Thursday in The Daily Herald in Provo.

Kelly declined to discuss the specifics of the case. The Orem Department of Public Safety - which told The Salt Lake Tribune in November that none of its officers was under investigation - also declined to discuss the case.

If convicted, Nielsen could face up to 30 years in prison and $21,000 in fines, but Kelly said it was "very likely" he will be placed on probation.

Nielsen, who was employed as an Orem officer between May 1988 and Dec. 7, resigned his position during the investigation.

"It is true that an allegation of misconduct by Barry Nielsen was being investigated internally by our department at the time he chose to resign," said Orem police spokesman Doug Edwards in a written statement.

When the allegation of misconduct was initially made, Orem police requested that the Utah County Sheriff's Department conduct the criminal investigation. Within the last two weeks, Kelly said, the results of that investigation were turned over to the Utah County Attorney's Office.

On April 17, Nielsen was one of two officers who lost their guns to a struggling suspect while investigating a domestic violence report. The other officer, Lt. Phil Murphy, was wounded. The suspect, David Burns, was sentenced last month to two terms of five years to life for attempted aggravated homicide and disarming a police officer, and a term of zero to five years for aggravated assault by a prisoner.

Nielsen is scheduled to make his first court appearance in 4th District Court on Jan. 27 at 8:30 a.m.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: Utah

1 posted on 01/06/2006 6:44:59 AM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity; Utah Binger

Happy Valley policeman, just trying to stay happy.

What concern is it to us how he gets his jollies....maybe this is a NEW alternative lifestyle. < /sarcasm>

Sick, just sick.

2 posted on 01/06/2006 6:55:17 AM PST by colorcountry (That's what happens when you fall for a pistol. (No, no, I don't mean no gun.))
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To: colorcountry

Good thing he's not LDS. Probably just an apostate trying to get back in. And in Orem?

3 posted on 01/06/2006 7:48:00 AM PST by Utah Binger (Proud To Have Recovered!)
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