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Case against sex offender moving slowly

Article Date: 
10 January, 2014 (All day)

The case against Scott Logan Gollaher is moving a little too slowly, say some Morgan County officials.
“It has not gone forward as fast as we had hoped.  We have tried to move the case forward as fast as possible,” said Morgan County Attorney Jann Farris.  “It has taken a long time to get where we are.”
Gollaher, 54, was booked into the Weber County Jail without bail in July of 2012 on 10 counts of possession of child pornography and one count of sodomy of a child.  
Although Gollaher had purchased a home in Morgan County, he did not spend the nights there and was considered a Salt Lake County resident.  However, Gollaher recreated in Morgan on the weekends.  Gollaher, a registered sex offender, was constructing a new home in the Morgan area when reports of sexual abuse reached the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office.
Two girls under the age of 14 were allegedly victims of sexual abuse while in Morgan County, although both were not residents of the county.
According to 2012 police reports, a guest house on the property at 246 E. Woods Creek Road had a small room with locked glass doors, children’s furniture and games.  No other rooms in the house were secured.  
According to the Utah Sex Offender Registry, Gollaher’s offenses include a 1996 conviction for sexual abuse of a child, a second degree felony.  
Farris said Gollaher “comes up with motions to file” in this latest case while Farris has been denied on several occasions the chance to set a trial date.
Gollaher is facing four counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child.  Eleven pornography-related charges have since been dropped.  
A search of the court docket shows Gollaher sent a letter to the judge, changed attorneys several times, applied for status as an indigent, requested use of a cell phone, surrendered his passport, and requested the return of his property in police custody.
Since the case was filed in June 27, 2012, there have been several reschedulings of the preliminary hearing, several subpoenas filed and several objections filed.
Despite the voluminous 20-page docket on the case, Farris emphasized that everyone is entitled to certain legal rights.
“We must allow him every possible legal option he has.  We are never going to take that away from him,” Farris said.  “The judge has taken his time to allow legal options the defendant may have.  We don’t want a quick ruling that is hasty but not correct.  We don’t want to have to try this more than once.  But we are prosecuting this vigorously.  We need to give the victims the chance to get their case heard.”
A separate case filed July 16, 2012, alleges sodomy on a child and 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. Another case filed in February of 2013 alleges aggravated sexual abuse of a child.