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Salt Lake man accused of molesting children to stand trial
Courts » Police suspect 40-year-old of crimes against more than a dozen children.

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He was brought in for questioning after he allegedly told his probation officer and therapist about a sexual encounter he had with a young man he believed to be 18, officials testified.

Upon further questioning, Estell said the boy was in high school, witnesses said. At the time, Estell was on probation in connection with a 2010 sexual battery case involving a teen, according to testimony.

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"[Estell] said he was tired of living this way," Moutgos testified. "That he was tired of hurting the kids, that he knew it was traumatizing for them, and he wanted to come clean."

Three months before the police interview, Estell allegedly sexually abused a 14-year-old boy at a park near the Jordan River Parkway. Charges in that case were filed last month — three first-degree felony counts of forcible sodomy and one count of second-degree forcible sexual abuse.

Estell is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing in that case on Tuesday. He will be arraigned on the 2008 charges April 19.

Anyone with allegations against Estell is encouraged to contact the Salt Lake City Police Department’s Special Victims Unit at 801-799-3720.


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