Judge hands down stiff sentence in child sex abuse case

CEDAR CITY – A 5th District Judge handed down a stiff sentence Tuesday in a case involving two counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, both first-degree felonies. Judge Keith Barnes ordered Blane Scott Fredrick to serve two concurrent sentences of 15 years to life for the charges. Concurrent means the defendant will have to serve one sentence at the same time. Barnes immediately remanded the 56-year-old into the custody of the state and ordered him to be taken to the Iron County Correctional Facility to await transfer to…

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No jury verdict yet in aggravated child sex abuse case

CEDAR CITY – Jury deliberations will resume Friday in the trial of a Cedar City man accused of sexually abusing a child while babysitting her. The 8-member panel had only been deliberating for about two hours before they decided to take an overnight break. The jury’s decision came after listening for two days to gut-wrenching testimony and shocking details involving sex abuse of a 9-year-old girl. Blane Scott Fredrick, 56, was arrested Oct. 20, 2013 following a police interview where court records state he allegedly admitted to touching the victim…

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