St. George » Former Hurricane police officer Nathan Amosa was sentenced to 60 days in jail Wednesday for coercing a woman to engage in sexual activity with him.
"I want to take this opportunity to express regret for what happened," Amosa told 5th District Judge James L. Shumate.
Shumate sentenced Amosa to a term in the Washington County Jail and also placed him on three years probation for his no-contest plea to the third-degree felony, committed in March 2008 while Amosa was on duty.
The judge also ordered that Amosa, 25, have no contact with the victim or be within 500 yards of her.
Amosa was originally charged with forcible sodomy, a first-degree felony, and two counts of second degree-felony forcible sex abuse. He entered the no-contest plea after negotiations with prosecutors, his defense attorney and the victim.
According to the probable-cause statement filed with the charges, Amosa admitted to "coercing the victim into oral sex," and said he fondled her and put his mouth on her breasts. He "used his authority and the threat of a citation for child neglect" to gain the sexual favors, the document said.
The victim told investigators Amosa was at her house and on duty when she was assaulted.
The victim was "distraught" when she talked to investigators, telling them she thought she had to comply with Amosa because "he was in uniform and had a gun," according to court documents.
The victim and her family attended Wednesday's hearing and her lawyer, Brandon Simmons, read a letter she wrote to the court.
"I always trusted the police and their integrity, until [Amosa] entered my home and took that trust away," the letter said.
Prosecutor Ryan Shaum said the plea deal was struck because it would have been difficult to prove the victim did not consent.
"If this was anyone other than a police officer, we would not even be here," Shaum told Shumate.
Amosa resigned from the Hurricane Police Department after he was charged in April. He was disciplined by the Utah Department of Public Safety in September.