ST. GEORGE – Brady Aiken, 26, was approved visitation yesterday to see the alleged victim that he is accused of sexually abusing.
Prosecuting Attorney Ryan Shaum said Judge Eric Ludlow approved the visitation during yesterday’s status hearing after the victim’s therapist said it would benefit the child’s treatment.
“The therapist thought this would be helpful for the victim,” Shaum said.
Shaum said it was his understanding that Aiken would not be alone with the child and the therapist would be present during the visitation.
Aiken is being charged with rape of a child and sexual abuse of a child, both first-degree felonies.
Aiken’s defense attorney, Douglas Terry, requested another status hearing so Terry could speak with prosecutors about a possible resolution without a trial. The status hearing is set for Dec. 14.
Tracie Sullivan previously reported for the Dixie Press that Aiken reportedly admitted to the Hurricane Police Department that he sexually abused two children, both under the age of five. One of the children resides in Washington County while the other in Kane County.
Aiken also faces charges in Kane County for allegedly sexually abusing a child in 2000 while still a juvenile. Kane County is looking at possibly enhancing their charges against Aiken pending the outcome of his prosecution here.
According to court records, Aiken was investigated in 2003 for sexual abuse of a child, but no formal charges were ever filed. In addition, court records revealed that Aiken, during the police interview, allegedly admitted to developing an addiction for child pornography while attending college. Police believe there may be other victims besides the two Aiken allegedly admitted to during the interview.
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