Child abuse rises in state, drops in Ogden, Park City
Two 2nd District courts reported no child-abuse convictions in 2012.
The District Court in Ogden and the Silver Summit Court in Park City both saw the number of child-abuse convictions drop to zero in 2012. In 2011, the Park City court reported six child-abuse convictions, while Ogden had three cases.
Statewide, the number of child-abuse convictions, as defined by Utah Code 76-5-109, in district courts went up 16 percent, from 50 to 58. The numbers do not include cases that were dismissed, pleas in abeyance or cases where someone has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.
The 2nd District Court in Bountiful went from zero cases in 2011 to 3 in 2012. Salt Lake City's 3rd District Court saw the largest increase in actual numbers, going from three to seven.
Provo's 4th District Court and Farmington's 2nd District Court reported no change in their conviction numbers. Provo only had four convictions for each year, while Farmington only had one.
The data were compiled by UtahsRight.com for a weekly series in The Salt Lake Tribune's Close-Up section highlighting information gleaned from public databases. The purpose is not to provide analysis of the data, but to provide raw numbers so the public can analyze the data themselves for their own purposes.
UtahsRight.com, the data website for The Salt Lake Tribune, conducts an ongoing statewide quest for district court information and other public information, including salaries of public employees and restaurant inspections, using public records requests made under the state's Government Records Access and Management Act, commonly known as GRAMA.