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Ogden Juvenile Justice counselor gets 90 days in jail for having sex with client
Courts » Victoria Sherrow “knew better ... This isn’t rocket science,” prosecutor argues.
First Published Mar 25 2013 09:53 am • Last Updated Mar 25 2013 11:42 pm

Ogden • A state Juvenile Justice counselor who worked in Ogden was sentenced Monday to 90 days in jail for having sex with an 18-year-old client.

Victoria Sherrow, 37, was originally charged in 2nd District Court with second-degree felony count of custodial sexual relations with a youth receiving state services in September.

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Sherrow pleaded guilty last month to a lesser third-degree felony count of custodial sexual relations with a youth receiving state services.

Judge Mark DeCaria suspended a prison sentence up to five years on the condition that Sherrow serve the jail time with work release and three years probation. In lieu of a fine, she will complete 100 hours of community service, DeCaria ruled.

According to court records, Sherrow admits to having sexual relations with an 18-year-old youth who was receiving youth state services. Court documents do not elaborate about how she met the victim.

Sherrow’s attorney, Jim Retallick, asked DeCaria for a lighter sentence Monday, calling 90 days in jail "excessive." He asked for lesser jail time or day reporting for Sherrow, because the victim was a consenting adult and Sherrow has no prior criminal history.

But Deputy Weber County Attorney Teral Tree argued that while the victim was not a minor, Sherrow was still in a position of trust and broke the law.

"She knew better than to go to [the victim’s] home," Tree said. "She knew better than to have sex with him. This isn’t rocket science."

Retallick said the 18-year-old was living at the dorms at Weber State University at the time of the sexual encounter.

Elizabeth Sollis, a spokeswoman with the Utah Department of Human Services, confirmed in September that Sherrow that worked as a Juvenile Justice counselor out of the agency’s Mill Creek Youth Center. She was hired in June 2006 and left the agency on Nov. 29, 2011.

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That departure date was the day after the alleged sexual incidents purportedly ended. Court documents said the unspecified sexual acts occurred between Aug. 19 and Nov. 28 of 2011.


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