Utah man pleads guilty to vandalizing Logan Latter-day Saint temple

Logan • A Utah man has pleaded guilty to burglary and criminal mischief after authorities said he vandalized a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints temple and caused over $5,000 in damage.

Peter Abraham Ambrose, 34, entered his plea Tuesday to the second-degree felonies as part of an agreement with prosecutors to recommend no prison time and credit for time served in jail, The Herald Journal reported.

Ambrose broke into the Logan temple on Christmas Eve and is responsible for broken glass, a discharged fire extinguisher and an ax in a wall, police said. Surveillance footage showed a man later identified as Ambrose.

Officers found Ambrose in a locked room at the church, authorities said. He told officers he was upset he could not see his children during the holiday, and that no church women wanted to date him, according to the Logan Police Department.

Ambrose was found incompetent to proceed in his case in February and was sent to Utah State Hospital for rehabilitation. He is currently being held in Cache County Jail.