Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Ex-jail deputy who admitted abusing female inmates gets probation
First Published Feb 25 2014 08:05 pm • Last Updated Feb 25 2014 08:49 pm

A former Wasatch County sheriff’s deputy who pleaded guilty to physically abusing two women while working at the county’s jail will spend three years on probation, a federal judge decided Friday.

U.S. District Court Judge David Sam also ruled that Christopher Stein Epperson will not have to pay any fines in connection with his crimes.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

Epperson pleaded guilty in August to two counts of deprivation of rights under the color of law. He admitted that in December 2009 and September 2010 he caused bodily injury to the women by touching their breasts; he also touched one inmate’s genitals. Each count carried a potential maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

Epperson initially faced nine counts related to violating the womens’ rights and four counts of unauthorized access to a computer. He was fired from his position with the Wasatch County Jail in October 2010.

Both victims filed civil lawsuits, consolidated in one case, that name Epperson, the Wasatch County Jail and the Utah Department of Corrections as defendants. The Wasatch County Sheriff’s Department already has been dismissed as a defendant.

A hearing in the civil lawsuit is set for March 3 before Judge Sam.


Twitter: @Brooke4Trib

Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment

About Reader Comments

Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.