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Judge revokes convicted sex offender’s probation

9-19-2014 National:

A convicted sex offender who distributed child pornography while he was on probation will spend the next one to 15 years in the Utah state prison.

Seventh District Judge Lyle R. Anderson on Aug. 26 imposed a 2011 sentence against Mathew Lee Gough, after the 23-year-old Moab man admitted that he violated the terms of his probation.

Gough declined to address the court. But Grand County Public Defender Don Torgerson said his client acknowledges the violations. According to an affidavit and order to show cause, Gough distributed child pornography five times on June 26.

He also admitted that he used Adderal. The prescription drug is commonly used to treat attention deficit disorder, but it’s also a powerful stimulant that is widely abused, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

In addition to those violations, Grand County Attorney Andrew Fitzgerald previously alleged that Gough had sexual relations with a 15-year-old child. However, he withdrew those allegations at the time of Gough’s sentencing.

Gough was originally convicted of sexual exploitation of a minor in October 2011, after he pleaded guilty to the second-degree felony offense. In exchange for his plea at that time, Fitzgerald dismissed nine additional counts of the same charge.

The 2011 case was based on investigators’ findings that Gough knowingly possessed and distributed child pornography between late January and early March of that year.

Eight months to the day after his plea in that case, Uintah County Attorney G. Mark Thomas charged Gough with “sex offender in presence of child,” a class A misdemeanor.

Gough subsequently pleaded guilty to a reduced class B misdemeanor in the Uintah County case, which involved a child under the age of 14, according to court records. ..Source.. by Rudy Herndon

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