ST. GEORGE – Attorneys involved in a case concerning an ex-Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy, Steven G. Thayer, accused of sexual misconduct with inmates, indicated Wednesday that they may be close to a resolution.
Gary Pendelton, attorney for Thayer, told 5th District Judge Michael Westfall that he and the County Attorney’s Office were in discussion over facets of a pending plea deal. He indicated charges his client would plea to appear to have been agreed upon, though sentencing particulars still need to be worked out.
“We’ve reached an agreement in principle, but we’re still working the details,” Deputy Washington County Attorney Brian Filter said.
Thayer was arrested in October 2013 following an investigation into suspected cases of sexual improprieties with female inmates at the Purgatory Correctional Facility. According to court records, two women were interviewed by an investigator and said they had sexual contact with Thayer multiple times while incarcerated. Thayer was also interviewed and corroborated to some of the contact between himself and the two women, as well as a third woman while at the jail, according to court records.
The sheriff’s office fired Thayer on Oct. 9, 2013, and he was subsequently charged with one third-degree felony and seven class-A misdemeanors related to custodial sexual misconduct.
The next hearing in the case is scheduled for Oct. 1 at 10 a.m.
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