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Utz sentenced to 9 1/2 years in sexual assault case

Posted on Friday, May 27, 2016 at 9:36 am

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — Jonathan Wayne Utz was sentenced to 9 1/2 years in prison Friday by Judge Forrest Durard following a conviction of aggravated sexual battery.

Utz, 25, of Buckeye Loop Rd., Fayetteville, pled guilty to the charge, which is a Class B Felony, in March during proceedings at the Moore County Courthouse. The charge carried a punishment of 8-12 years.

Utz must serve 100 percent of the sentence and must register as a sex offender. He will be under community supervision for life and will not be allowed any contact with the victim.

The guilty plea and subsequent sentence stems from an investigation by the Metro Moore County Sheriff’s Department that began in August 2015.

Utz was arrested on Sept. 30, 2015 and charged with rape of a child and booked into the Moore County jail.

According to Sheriff’s Department reports, in August 2015 the mother of the then 4-year-old victim reported that her son told her that Utz had sexually assaulted him. The victim had also reported this to four other people.

Following an eight-week investigation led by Moore County Sheriff’s Department Detective Shane Taylor, Utz was arrested, charged and held on $100,000 bond. Utz pled guilty to the charges on March 14.