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Sex offender with Morgan ties arrested

Article Date: 
17 July, 2012 (All day)

Scott Logan Gollaher, 53, was booked into the Weber County jail without bail on 10 counts of possession of child pornography and one count of sodomy of a child. 
 
Gollaher, a Salt Lake City resident, had recently purchased a home at 246 Woodscreek Drive in Morgan.  Since he was not inhabiting the home yet, he had not registered the address on the sex offender registry.  Morgan County Detective Bill Wentland said Gollaher never spent the night in Morgan, but recreated in the county on the weekends.
 
Gollaher was on the Morgan County Sherriff Office’s radar once they identified two girls under the age of 14 as Gollaher’s alleged victims.  Neither girl is from the Morgan area.  One is from Idaho.
 
“I haven’t found any local girls that are his victims,” Wentland said.
 
After interviewing the alleged victims and a witness, Wentland said he prepared a search warrant for both his Morgan and Salt Lake City homes, which were executed simultaneously on  July 13.
 
“The search warrants were very successful,” Wentland said, and led to Gollaher’s arrest.  “This is a complicated investigation and I still have a lot of work to do.”
 
Wentland called Gollaher a “groomer,” someone who convinces parents to trust him with their children.
 
According to the Utah Sex Offender Registry, Gollaher’s offenses include a 1996 conviction for sexual abuse of a child, a second degree felony.  He has three professional licenses including a contractor license as well as licenses under the names of Bustrackside LLC and Gollaher Inc.
 
The Utah Sex Offender Registry at http://corrections.utah.gov/services/sonar.html lists eight offenders in Morgan County.  Wentland suggested that parents educate themselves on what sex offenders live in their area.
 
“Everyone should check the registry and know who is out there,” he said.  “If they observe anything suspicious that would help us, give us a call.  You never know what little information might help us out.”